故 gù happening; instance; reason
Made up of [
Note Gu (ancient) provides the sound, the 'rap' radical suggests a sudden interruption - a knock at the door?
Number of strokes
Using 攵 suī
教 jiào (religion) 教 jiāo (to teach) 放 fàng (let go)
效 xiào (effect) Using 古 gǔ
姑 gū (paternal aunt) 估 gū (estimate) 固 gù (hard) 苦 kǔ (bitter) Sounds same
固 gù (hard) Different tone
姑 gū (paternal aunt)
估 gū (estimate)
古 gǔ (ancient) 蛊
谷 gǔ (valley) Pronunciation Your browser does not support this audio element.
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明知故问 míng zhī gù wèn
To ask a question when already knowing the answer
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn
Studying the past helps to understand the present
Attitudes to women have varied greatly in China over the centuries. The traditional subservient position of
in society has only really changed in the last sixty years. Our section describes the role of women down the centuries including the role of concubines and how some Imperial women bucked the trend.
You will often see the character for good fortune
on decorations and gifts. 'Fu' is also associated with bats and oranges and this needs a
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