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10 Chinese words that sound like English words

Hey guys, before we get started with today’s article, I just wanted to let you all know that from now on all of my articles and posts are going to be re-routed to my new and improved website eazychinese.com. We had a good run here on LifeasaforeignerinTaiwan, but alas it has come to an end. So please, keep on following me and keep on learning Chinese!!!!

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s dig in!

Here’s a list of ten words in Mandarin whose pronunciation is similar to words in English. Making an association with words you already know can help you to remember new vocabulary. I want to stress, this is only one tool, don’t abuse it and make her you have more tools in your language learning toolbox.

1. 豬 sounds like “zoo”
zhū- pig
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2. 牛 sounds like “Neo” from the Matrix!
niú- cow
neo
3. 不可 sounds like “book”
bùkě- cannot, mustn’t 
Book
4. 我們 sounds like “woman”
wǒmen- we, us
women
5. 襪子 sounds like “what’s”, as in “what’s up?”
wàzi- sock(s)
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6. 好 sounds like “how?”
hǎo- good, fine
how
7. 買 sounds like “my”
mǎi- buy
this is mine
8. 你的 sounds like “need”
níde- your, yours
uncle sam
9. 位 sounds like “way”
wèi- measure word for people(polite)
way
10. 頭髮 sounds like “too far” 
tóufa- hair(on your head)
too_far
The list goes on and on, these 10 words barely even scratch the surface. Most importantly, remember to have FUN with your Chinese learning! Stay tuned for our next installment in this series, and in the meantime make sure to follow along with all of our lessons and articles. 洗牙。。。sounds like “see ya!”