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Take for example the word Sha Fa. This is a Chinese transliteration of the word sofa. However, the characters used to depict this idea have nothing to do with either furniture or relaxing. Instead the characters used represent sand and hair, which have absolutely nothing in common with the idea and associations of the word Sofa beyond the fact that they are simply convenient to use because they most closely mimic the sound.

阿司匹林ā sī pǐ línaspirin
芭蕾bā lěiballet
比基尼bǐ jī níbikini
白兰地bái lán dìbrandy
巴士bā shìbus
拜拜bài bàibye-bye
咖啡kā fēicoffe (café)
克隆kè lóngclone
cool
卡通kǎ tōngcartoon
香槟xiāng bīnChampagne
巧克力qiǎo kè lìchocolate
雪茄xuě jiācigare
柠檬níng ménglemon
迪斯科dī sī kēdisco
法西斯fǎ xī sīfascism
高尔夫gāo ěr fūgolf
吉他jí tāguitar
贝司吉他bèi sī jí tābass guitar
汉堡包hàn bǎo bāohamburger
荷尔蒙hé 'ě ménghormone
幽默yōu mòhumour
歇斯底里xiē sī dǐ lǐhysteria (hystérie)
夹克jiā kèjacket
卡拉OKkǎ lā OKkaraoke
考拉kǎo lākoala
逻辑luó jilogic
马拉松mǎ lā sōngmarathon
麦克风mài kè fēngmicrophone
模特mó tèmodel
摩登mó dēngmodern
木乃伊mù nǎi yī mummy
摩托mó tuómoto
尼古丁ní gǔ dīngnicotine
尼龙ní lóngnylon
奥林匹克ào lín pǐ kèolympic
乒乓pīng pāngping-pong
披萨pī sàpizza
扑克pū kèpoker
布丁bù dīngpudding
雷达léi dáradar
朗母酒lǎng mǔrhum
伦巴lún bāRumba
沙拉shā làsalad
沙龙shā lóngsalon
三明治sān míng zhìsandwich
爱滋ài zīAIDS
沙发shā fāsofa
探戈tàn gēTango
坦克tǎn kètank
托福tuō fúTOEFL
台风tái fēngtyphoon (greek Typhōn)
伏特加fú té jiāvodka
威士忌wēi shì jìwhisky

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