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Q: List of Chinese words that sound like their english/foreign equivalent?

For example "kafei", "kele" for "coffee" and "cola".

 

Sorry for such an amateur question--I only recently moved here and started studying Chinese. Looking for any help I can find in memorizing new vocabulary more easily.

 

 

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luoji - 逻辑 - logic

 

It's a loan word because it doesn't exist here.

stan118:

hahahahah

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ni shi niubi

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I like how De is "Of" in both French and Chinese. 

Mr_spoon:

That's actually a coincidence, but it also struck me. We use it in almost exactly the same way (but with a different grammatical structure).

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The ones I like most are Hello;  bye, bye;  OK and a few others that sound to me very close to English words.    wink

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"ti shi" - T-Shirt

"dian shi xiu" - Tv show

I know there's more, but can't think of anything right now.

Thakkudu:

dian shi xiu doesng seem to sound anything like tv show ?

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Flemingo:

xiu is pronounced more or less like show, though dianshi doesnt exactly sound like tv

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Mr_spoon:

Yeah I was referring only to the "xiu" part, which is apparently directly taken from the English word "Show"

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Here you go:

 

Tai feng=Typhoon

Gongfu= kongfu

Mai ke feng=Mircrophone

Ku=Cool

Sha fa= Sofa

Wei shi ji=Whisky

Bai lan di=Brandy

Ba shi=bus

Ke long=Clone

Dou fu=Tofu

Ao da li ya=Australia

Gao er fu=Golf

Pingpong=Ping pong

Tan ke=tank

Ji pu=Jeep

Jue shi= Jazz

Ji ta=Guitar

 

That's all I can remember right now. Hope it helps.

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Actually, most of these English words originated from Chinese characters, so they sound similar.

 

More examples are:

 

Kung fu (1966年来自“功夫”)   

Yin yang (1671年来自“阴阳”)

Kowtow (1804年来自“叩头”)

Tofu (1880年来自“豆腐”)  

Lychee或litche (1588年来自“荔枝”)   

Gung ho或gung-ho(热心) (1939年来自“工合”)   

Mahjong或Mah-jong (1920年来自“麻将”)

Feng shui (1797年来自“风水”)

Tai chi (1736年来自“太极”)

Yamen (1747年来自“衙门”)

Kaolin (1727年来自“高岭”)

Kylin (1857年来自“麒麟”)

Longan (1732年来自“龙眼”)

Pe-tsai (1795年来自“白菜”)

Petuntse (1727年来自“白墩子”

Sampan (1620年来自“舢板”)

Suan-pan (1736年来自“算盘”)

Tao (1736年来自“道”)

Taipan(大商行的总经理) (1834年来自“大班”)

Toumingdu(透明度) (来自1980年代中英谈判期间用语“透明度”)

Tuchun (1917年来自“督军”)

Tung(油桐属) (1788年来自“桐”)

Ho-ho bird (1901年来自“凤凰”)

Wampee(一种果) (1830年来自“黄皮”)

Whangee(一种竹) (1790年来自“黄藜”)

来自粤语

Typhoon (1771年来自“台风”)

Dim sum (1948年来自“点心”)

Yum cha (大概15年前来自“饮茶”[2004])

Wok (1952年来自“镬(炒锅)”)

Bok choy (1938年来自“白菜”,比Pe-tsai常用)

Chop-suey (1888年来自“杂碎”)

Won ton (1948年来自“云吞”)

Chow mein (1903年来自“炒面”)

Paktong(一种钱币) (1775年来自“白铜”)

Sycee(一种钱币) (1711年来自“丝”)

Souchong(一种茶) (1760年来自“小种”)

kung fu:中国功夫

mahjong:麻将

oolong:乌龙茶

silk:丝

tofu:豆腐

cheongsam :旗袍

bonsai:盆栽(花卉)

Kowtow:叩头,磕头

tong :帮会,来源于“堂”

tycoon:大亨,大款

typhoon:台风

yin and yang:阴阳

yamen/ yamun:衙门

fengshui:风水

ginseng:人参,西洋参

brainwash 洗脑

chop suey 杂碎(粤)用肉和蔬菜炒成的中国菜。

chopstick  “chop” 源自粤语“夹住”- slender stick eating utensil; only the first part of the word is Chinese, from Cantonese “kap” meaning fasten/clip (but the pronunciation had been corrupted) 筷子

chow mein  炒面

dim sum 点心

 gung-ho 工合(工业合作社)

ketchup – 茄汁

lose face 丢脸

sampan 舢舨

tai pan 大班(粤)a leading business entrepreneur, particularly in Hong Kong (Cantonese)

coolie : 苦力

cumshaw :  感謝

bok choy : (Cantonese) baahk-choi 白菜

cheongsam : 長衫,

kumquat : 柑橘

longan : 龍眼,

lychee : 荔枝

ni hao :  你好

pinyin :  拼音

Shih Tzu : 獅子狗

Tai Chi : from Mandarin 太極

Tao :道

wok;锅

won ton : 餛飩

wushu : 武術

Dingho(顶好,最佳)

 

Hope it helps.

 

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