tóng same

Sounds same

tóng (boy servant)

Different tone

tōng (open)

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stroke order for 同
Stroke order for character 同, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


大同 Datong, Shanxi


风雨同舟 fēng yǔ tóng zhōu Facing troubles together
同病相怜 tóng bìng xiāng lián People suffering the same misfortune sympathize with each other
同床异梦 tóng chuáng yì mèng Not everyone thinks the same
一龙生九种,种种不同 yī lóng shēng jiǔ zhǒng, zhǒng zhǒng bù tóng Brothers and sisters may not resemble each other
一视同仁 yī shì tóng rén Treat all people the same


同志 tóng zhì comrade

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