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This is kind of a random post but I laughed after searching for the word pei. I had heard it used in a song and didn't know what it meant so I was like, hey, a dictionary, that could help. Using just the 'sound of the word', here's what I got.
佩 佩 pèi / to respect / to wear (belt etc) /
呸 呸 pēi / to spit (in contempt) /
培 培 péi / to cultivate / to earth up /
帔 帔 pèi / cape /
斾 斾 pèi / variant of 旆, pennant / banner /
旆 旆 pèi / pennant / streamer /
柸 柸 pēi / to hate / bear grudge /
沛 沛 pèi / copious / abundant /
珮 佩 pèi / girdle ornaments /
胚 胚 pēi / fetus /
賠 赔 péi / lose in trade / pay damage /
轡 辔 pèi / bridle / reins /
配 配 pèi / to join / to fit / to mate / to mix / to match / to deserve / to make up (a prescription) /
醅 醅 pēi / unstrained spirits /
錇 锫 péi / berkelium Bk97, actinoid element /
陪 陪 péi / to accompany / to keep sb company /
霈 霈 pèi / torrent of rain /
It's just one example but I know it happens to all of us and it is one of the 'issues' with Chinese. The structure of the language itself can work to suppress or dampen the random 'desire to learn', in this case learning a new word from a song, that is much easier in other languages.
I am reminded of this every time I see some stupid marketing ad saying 'Chinese is easy' or 'learn Chinese in 5 minutes'. Screw that - I can't even figure out the meaning of pei in 5 minutes.
Now, time to look up another word...
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