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Index | A,a. B,b. C,c. D,d. E,e. F,f. G,g. H,h. I,i. J,j. K,k. L,l. M,m
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12 Chinese zodiac animals

5 elements

Chinese numbers 0-100

P,p

pā, pá, pǎ, pà Mandarin pinyin tunes

pāi, pái, pǎi, pài Mandarin pinyin tunes

pace; step

pace; walk slowly

pacify; soothe; feel relieved

packed; filled

packed with people

padded jacket

paddle; oar

paddle, to; row a boat

paddle a boat; row a boat

page; sheet

pain; ache

pain; painful

painstaking; hard-working

paint; daub; smear

paint; draw

painter (artist)

pair

pair; correct

pair; suit; match; fit

pair; two; dual; couple

pair up; collocate

palace

palace, temple

pale; ashen

palm, slap

pamper; spoil

pampered, lovable and fragile

pān, pán, pǎn, pàn Mandarin pinyin tunes

pāng, páng, pǎng, pàng Mandarin pinyin tunes

pāo, páo, pǎo, pào Mandarin pinyin tunes

pan; wok

pan-fry

pan-fry; stir-fry

pancreas (organ)

panic; nervous

pant; gasp

pant; gasp for air

panther; leopard

pants; trousers

papa; dad (classic dialect)

papa, father

paper towel; facial tissue

pardon; amnesty

pardon; forgive; excuse

pardon; forgive; spare

parents (video)

parents (mu, Mandarin pinyin practice)

parents; father and mother

parents-in-law

parsimonious; niggardly; stingy

part from; away from

parterre; flower bed

partiality; favoritism

participate; participation

particular; peculiar; special; exceptional (te, Mandarin pinyin practice)

particular; peculiar; special; exceptional (shu, Mandarin pinyin practice)

particular about trifle (Chinese idiom)

partner; companion

partner; mate

pass; go across

pass (the test)

pass away; gone; die

pass over; hand over

pass through; undergo

past; former

past; former times; old days

past; formerly; bygone

past events; bygones

past master; old hand

paste; stick on

pastry; cakes

pat; clap; hit with palm

path; way

patience

patriotic; love one's country

patrol (xun, Mandarin pinyin practice)

patrol (luo, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pause; halt

pause; immediately

pave; spread

pavilion; booth; kiosk

pawn shop (dang, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pawn shop (pu, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pay

pay money

peace and good health

peaceful; serenity

peculiar and unexpected; quirky

peasant; farmer; husbandman

persuade

persuade

pass; spend time

pass; spread

pass the ball

pay a debt of gratitude

pay attention

peace

peaceful

peaceful; harmonious

peach

peak; summit

pear

peculiar; strange (qi, Mandarin pinyin practice)

peculiar; strange (guai, Mandarin pinyin practice)

peel; pare

pēi, péi, pěi, pèi Mandarin pinyin tunes

pēn, pén, pěn, pèn Mandarin pinyin tunes

pēng, péng, pěng, pèng Mandarin pinyin tunes

pellet

pellet; small ball

pen; writing instrument

penalty; punishment; torture

penetrate; go through

penetrate; pass through

people (video)

people; civilian

people; person

people are getting old and then becoming old people

pepper

perfect and true gentleman

perform; handle

perhaps; maybe

periodical; publication

permit; allow

permit; promise

perseverance

perseverance; staying power

persist

persist; insist (chi, Mandarin pinyin practice)

persist to the end

persist to the end and finally succeed

person of virtue; worthy person

person with unusual courage and ability

personal enemy; foe

perspicacious; profoundest

peruse; read; reading

pest; harmful insect

pet

pet food; feeding stuffs

petty gain; small advantage

pharynx; throat

phoenix

phoenix (feng, Mandarin pinyin practice)

phoenix; male phoenix

phoenixes beget phoenixes

phone

photo frame; picture frame

physical comfort; feeling well

physically strong; brawny

pī, pí, pǐ, pì Mandarin pinyin tunes

piān, pián, piǎn, piàn Mandarin pinyin tunes

piāo, piáo, piǎo, piào Mandarin pinyin tunes

piē, pié, piě, piè Mandarin pinyin tunes

pīn, pín, pǐn, pìn Mandarin pinyin tunes

pīng, píng, pǐng, pìng Mandarin pinyin tunes

piano

pick; pluck (flower, fruit)

pick; select

pick up

pick up; hold with fingers

pickle; preserve with salt

pickpocket; steal from the pockets of someone

picky

picky with someone to do something

picture; graph

picture frame; photo frame

piece; a chunk

piece; flake; slice

piece of writing

piece together; make a whole

pierce; prick; stab

pig

pig-like animal

pigen; dove

piggy

piggy staying in the house

pile

pile up

pile up; accumulate

pinch; hold with fingers

pine

pinhole; small hole

pink color

pink; powder

pipe; tube

pipe dream; fantasy

pistils of a flower

pit; hole in the ground

pitiful; pitiable

place; ground

place; location; position

plague; pestilence; epidemic

plain and simple (pu, Mandarin pinyin practice)

plain and simple (su, Mandarin pinyin practice)

plain cooked rice

plan; project

plan; scheme

plan; scheme

plan; scheme; strategy

plant; grow

plant nursery; garden

plantain; bababa

plaster; smear

plate

plate; platter

plate; dish; disk; tray

plate; plaque; tablet

platform; stage

play; drama

play; have fun; enjoy oneself

play; perform

play (music instruments)

play ball

playing cards; cards of games

play guitar

play keyboard instrument

play piano

play string instrument with bow

play the flute

play violin

play wind instrument

play with; have fun

pleasantly surprised

pleasure; fun

pluck or play string instrument

pleasant; agreeable; cheerful

pleasant; delightful

pleasantly cool; cool and comfortable

please

Please be careful

Please come over for a moment.

Please do not disturb

Please forgive me.

Please give me

Please give me a cup of coffee.

Please give me a glass of water.

Please give me chopsticks

pleased; delighted; gratified

Please wait for a moment.

pleasing and delightful; sweet as honey

plentiful; abundant (ang, Mandarin pinyin practice)

plentiful; abundant (pei, Mandarin pinyin practice)

plentiful harvest; bumper crop

pliable; soft; supple

plow; to

plunder; pillage

pō, pó, pǒ, pò Mandarin pinyin tunes

pocket

pocket; bag

poem; poetry

point; dot

point at a target; aim

pointed; tapering

poised; generous

poison

poisonous snake; viper

poke; jab

police

police; policeman

police officer

polish; rub; scrub

politeness; manners; courteous

political party

polluted; contaminated

pomelo

pond; pool

ponder; think over

pool money; club together; raise fund

poor; destitute

poor; pathetic

poor people

poplar tree

popular; fashionable (modern Chinese slang)

popularity ranking

popularity ranking; ranking of popularity

porcelain

pork

port; harbor

portion

portrait; image

portray in words; describe

position; seat

post article/photo online

postal; mail

postmark

postpone

postpone; protract

pot; kettle

pot; tub; basin

potato; yam

pottery; earthenware

pōu, póu, pǒu, pòu Mandarin pinyin tunes

pour out; inverse

pour tea

poverty; poor

power; authority

power; energy

power; legal rights

power; mighty power

power; strength

power and prestige; powerful and influence

power blackout, power outage

power of Buddha; Buddha dharma

powerful; strong

powerful; tough

practical; actual

practice (video)

practice; exercise

practiced; skilled

praise; approve of (something or someone)

praise; applaud (kua, Mandarin pinyin practice)

praise; applaud (zan, Mandarin pinyin practice)

praise; extol

praise; glorify

praiseworthy achievement; credit

pray

pray; prayer

precious, treasure (bao, Mandarin pinyin practice)

precious, treasure (bei, Mandarin pinyin practice)

predestined relationship; relation of fate

preferably; would rather

pregnant

pregnant woman

prejudiced; biased

prepare

prepare a person's career

present; gift

present; now

present moment; right now

preserve; maintain

press down; weigh on

press for; push for; urge

press from both sides

press-button; button of a switch

prestige; honor

presumptuous; absurd; irrational

presuppose; foresee; fortell

pretty; beautiful (mei, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pretty; beautiful (li, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pretty and charming

pretty and coquettish

pretty and playful

pretty face

pretty wife

pretty woman

pretty woman; beautiful woman

prevail; predominate

prevalent; widespread; available to all

prevent; guard against

prevent; prevention

price; value

pride, proud (ao, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pride, proud (jiao, Mandarin pinyin practice)

primitive and rough

prince

princess

principal; original

principle; rationality

principle; reason

print

prison; jail

private; personal

prize; award

problem

proceed; move forward

proclaim; declare; announce

prodigal son

produce

profession; line of business

profit; benefit

profound; abstruse

profound; secret

profuse; profusion

program; show

progress; advancement

progressively; gradually

prohibit from

prolix; tediously long

prolong; delay

prolong; extend

prominent; heroic; outstanding; remarkable

promise; commitment (cheng, Mandarin pinyin practice)

promise; commitment (nuo, Mandarin pinyin practice)

promote; elevate

prompt; rapid (kuai, Mandarin pinyin practice)

prompt; quick (xun, Mandarin pinyin practice)

prompt; quick (jie, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pronghorn; antelope

proof; according to

proof; evidence

prop up; support

proper; appropriate (tuo, Mandarin pinyin practice)

proper; appropriate (yi, Mandarin pinyin practice)

propitious; auspicious (xiang, Mandarin pinyin practice)

propitious; auspicious (rui, Mandarin pinyin practice)

propitious; smooth going

propitious day; auspicious day

prosper; issue

prosper; thrive

prosperity; mortal beneficiary

prosperous (chang, Mandarin pinyin practice)

prosperous (heng, Mandarin pinyin practice)

prosperous; booming

prosperous; flourishing

prosperous; flourishing financially

prosperous; successful in business

prosperous; thriving

prostrate oneself; lie prone

protect (bao, Mandarin pinyin practice)

protect (hu, Mandarin pinyin practice)

proud

proud; arrogant

province

provisions; food provisions

provoke; tease

prudent; cautious (jin, Mandarin pinyin practice)

prudent; cautious (shen, Mandarin pinyin practice)

psyche

psychic medium; spiritual medium

pū, pú, pǔ, pù Mandarin pinyin tunes

public; fair

publish (ban, Mandarin pinyin practice)

publish (kan, Mandarin pinyin practice)

puckery taste; astringent

puff; blow

pull; drag

pull along; lead along

pull apart

pull apart; pull away

pull apart with hands

pull; chat

pull out

pull out; take out

pulp, flesh of melon

pulp of fruit

pumpkin

punch a holee

puncture; expose

puncture points; acupoints

pungent; spicy; hot

punish

pupa; chrysalis (insect)

pupil of the eye

puppet

puppet; idol

puppy

puppy grows up and becomes a big dog

puppy is lying beside me.

purchase; buy (gou, Mandarin pinyin practice)

purchase; buy (mai, Mandarin pinyin practice)

pure; genuine

pure of heart

purify

pursue

pursuit of dreams

push (door)

push a button

push down

put

put, arrange

put in order; arrange

put in order; manage

put on; wear

put on the chair

put on the table

put out a fire; extinguish a fire

Put the bag on the chair.

Put the cellular phone on the table.

put things in order

putrid; decompose; rotten

puzzle; bewilder

puzzle; riddle

puzzle pieces; jigsaw puzzle

python; serpent

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Index | A,a. B,b. C,c. D,d. E,e. F,f. G,g. H,h. I,i. J,j. K,k. L,l. M,m
N,n. O,o. P,p. Q,q. R,r. S,s. T,t. U,u. V,u. W,w. X,x. Y,y. Z,z.