gōng accomplishment; achievement; result

Made up of [ strength radical 19, gōng work; skill radical 48]


Strength and work give a clear meaning of achievement and merit

Related characters

Using : nán (male) dòng (to use) láo (to toil) lìng (other) lì (to experience) wèi (do)
Using gōng : zuǒ (left) hóng (red) jīng (Classic)

Sounds same

gōng (work) gōng (palace) gōng (public) gōng (bow) gōng (to provide)

Different tone

gǒng (two hands) gòng (common)

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干活不由东累死也无功 gàn huó bú yóu dōng lèi sǐ yě wú gōng Only work on what is needed to be done
功亏一篑 gōng kuī yī kuì See things through to the end
马到成功 mǎ daò chéng gōng Gain immediate victory
失败是成功之母 shī bài shì chéng gōng zhī mǔ Learning from mistakes
事倍功半 shì bèi gōng bàn Work with care rather than speed


The tradition of clapping to show appreciation is a European tradition. In China clapping was used mainly to drive out evil spirits. This is a clear example of how different cultures can develop different traditions. Similarly shaking hands as a greeting is European, in China a greeting was made with a bow.
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