少儿成语双语故事:口蜜腹剑

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编辑点评: 中国成语博大精深,每一个成语的背后都有一个非常有意思的典故。少儿成语双语故事,通过阅读经典的小故事,既学习成语,又学习英语,何乐而不为呢?

【成语来源】 

Honey in the mouth and swords in the stomach/Judas kiss
口蜜腹剑

Li Lin-fu was a prime minister of China during the T'ang dynasty (唐朝, 618—907AD). 
李林甫,唐玄宗时官居“兵部尚书”兼“中书令”这是宰相的职位。

He was good at both calligraphy and painting, but had a crafty and sinister personality which made him disliked by everyone.
此人若论才艺倒也不错,能书善画。但若论品德,那是坏透了,所以并不受欢迎。

Li Lin-fu would bribe the palace eunuchs and concubines to tell him what the emperor liked, and then would immediately go prepare that thing for the emperor. The emperor was therefore very fond of Li Lin-fu, and trusted him unduly.
李林甫常常贿赂宦官来告诉他皇上的喜好,然后再准备东西讨好皇上。因此皇上很倚重李林甫。

One time, the minister Li Shr-jr offended Li Lin-fu. Li Lin-fu pretended not to care, and was in fact especially nice to the minister.
有一次,大臣李适之冒犯了李林甫,李林甫表面上并不在意,还装作对这个大臣特别好。

Then on a day, he told Li Shr-jr about some gold that was hidden over in Hua Mountain, and encouraged him to suggest mining this gold to the emperor.
然后有一天,李林甫告诉李适之在华山后面藏着金子,并怂恿他让皇上去挖金。

Li Shr-jr being of an honest and upright disposition, believed that it was true, and immediately went and told the emperor.
李适之为人老实,就信以为真,马上就去告诉了皇上。

But when the emperor began to discuss this with Li Lin-fu, Li Lin-fu acted very frightened and said,
"Hua Mountain in the place where all of Your Majesty's auspicious aurora are gathered. If we were to mine that area, it could be very dangerous for you. Who is it that wants to harm you?”
玄宗立刻把李林甫找来商议,李林甫却说:“这件事我早知道了,华山是帝王风水集中的地方,怎么可以随便开采呢?别人劝您开采,恐怕是不怀好意;我几次想把这件事告诉您,只是不敢开口。”

Today we can describe someone who is two-faced and always nice on the outside and yet is mean to people behind their backs as having "Honey in the Mouth and Swords in the Stomach."
如今当我们形容一个人是两面派,表面对人温文尔雅,但暗地伤人的人时,我们就用“口蜜腹剑”这个成语。

【文化链接】

“口蜜腹剑”的英文表达是“Judas kiss”,就是“犹大之吻”的意思,该词源出于圣经故事。

Judas 是耶稣的十二门徒之一,但为了三十个银币却出卖了自己的老师耶稣。他假惺惺地向耶稣问好,并且亲吻他,以此向前来捉拿耶稣的人示意谁是耶稣,结果耶稣被他们捉走并钉死在十字架上。所以“Judas kiss”就是“口蜜腹剑”,“笑面虎”的意思啦~同时,单单用““Judas”可以表示“叛徒、背叛者”的意思,所以“play Judas(扮演 Judas 的角色)”就是“当叛徒”的意思。

我们来看一个例句:

When he said he had some extremely important information and must talk to the chief in person, no one suspected it was meant to be a Judas kiss.
当他说有些极为重要的情报,必须和头儿亲自谈时,谁也没怀疑这是个出卖的行为。

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