jì skill

Made up of [ shǒu hand radical 64, zhī to support; to sustain; to erect ]


The 'hand' suggests a manual skill while 'zhi' is the phonetic
Number of strokes 7

Related characters

Using shǒu : wǒ (I (me)) zhǎo (to try to find) gǎo (to do) bào (to announce) bàn (to act) bào (to hold) bǎ (to hold) dān (to undertake)
Using zhī : zhī (branch)

Sounds same

jì (border) jì (already) jì (season) jì (snout) jì (order) jì (to record)

Different tone

jī (starve) jī (fowl) jī (machine) jí (lucky) jí (and) jǐ (how many) jǐ (self)

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