Willing speech

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Willing speech

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:28 am

Hi you guys! My classmate comes to visit me and my family. He sees my sister and my sister-in-law get along very well and my classmate tells me that "Your sister and your sister-in-law seem to get on perfectly". I want to tell my classmate that on the outside it looks like they're very compatible but on the inside they don't like each other at all". Can I say it like this in this case?

"They have willing speech but willing heart"

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Willing speech

Post by BonnieL » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:50 am

Nope. No American would understand that - tho I think you dropped a "not" or "un" from the 2nd willing.
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Re: Willing speech

Post by tony h » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:15 pm

Depending on the emotion that is around the statement you could try:
- they (or she) can talk the talk but the heart's not willing.
- she talks a good story but her heart's not in it.
- her heart isn't connected to her mouth.
- her heart and her speech are not singing from the same hymn sheet.

I expect some good suggestions from the other WWs
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

Re: Willing speech

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:57 am

BonnieL and tony h : Thank you two very much.
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