zhì aspiration

Sounds same

zhì (to arrive) zhì (to rule) zhì (to send) zhì (to install)

Different tone

zhī (prop up) zhī (one) zhī (him) zhī (to know) zhī (to support) zhī (branch) zhí (straight) zhí (value) zhí (to plant) zhǐ (paper) zhǐ (to stop) zhǐ (walk slowly)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

不怕路长只怕志短 bú pà lù cháng zhǐ pà zhì duǎn Do not be afraid of a long road to success only be afraid of a shortage of ambition
老骥伏枥,志在千里 laǒ jì fú lì, zhì zài qiān lǐ High ambitions never fade
有志者,事竟成 yǒu zhì zhe, shì jìng chéng It requires ambition to succeed in life
志不可慢时不可失 zhì bù kě màn shí bù kě shī Keep hold of your hopes and dreams, waste no time in achieving them

Phrases

同志 tóng zhì comrade

Klemens Freiherr von Ketteler

This German's claim to fame is that he was the German ambassador assassinated during the Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901). The killing led to an escalation of an already heated conflict. The foreign embassies refused to leave the city and the 'Siege of the Legations' in Beijing began, they were eventually rescued by a joint Allied force 55 days later. The Rebellion marked a further major reduction of Manchu control of China.
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Hot and cold foods

The Chinese have always put importance on balancing foods in meals that goes back to the concept of yin and yang. According to tradition 'hot' and 'cold' refers not to temperature but the property of the food. Obviously chillies are hot and bananas are cold. Less obviously beef and chocolate sweets are considered 'hot' while pears and shrimps are 'cold'. A good dish and a good meal will seek to balance hot and cold ingredients.
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