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How can I express the idea that one word sounds like another?

As a concrete example, I wanted to say, 「フライアー」sounds like 「fryer」.

Looking in dictionaries (wadoku/jisho) for "sound like" turns up 「がましい」, but I could only find one example sentence with that phrase on tatoeba, and it was used in a different way ("that sounds too forward").

Is there a better way to express what I want to say? Or, if がましい is actually correct, how exactly would I use this expression?

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I think you can use


For example...

「Sit down please」は「しらんぷり」のように聞こえます。
「I get off」って、「揚げ豆腐」みたいに聞こえるね。(casual)
「You know me」は、「湯飲み」に(音が)似ていますね。
「What time」って、「掘った芋」みたいだね。(casual)

がましい is used in set phrases like おこがましい、差し出がましい、未練がましい、押し付けがましい、言い訳がましい、恩着せがましい...

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「XXはYYのように聞こえる」と「XXはYYに聞こえる」は意味合いが違いますか?「XXはYYのように聞こえる」と「XXはYYみたいに聞こえる」は大体同じ意味合い‌​だと思っていますが。 – Ataraxia Jul 26 '14 at 15:58
@Ataraxia 「XXはYYのように聞こえる」と言うと、「XXは、XXにも聞こえるし、YYにも聞こえる」という感じに使えますが、「XXはYYに聞こえる」と言うと、「XXは、XX‌​でなく、(むしろ)YYに聞こえる」という感じに近くなると思います。 – user1016 Jul 27 '14 at 14:02

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