zhī to know; to be aware

Made up of [ shǐ arrow; to vow radical 111, kǒu mouth radical 30]


Combining 'arrow' with 'mouth' suggests swiftness of thought. Knowledge can be thought of as sharp as an arrow
Number of strokes 8

Related characters

Using shǐ : zú (clan) ǎi (low) hòu (wait)
Using kǒu : yòu (right) hé (together) wèn (ask) jiào (called) yǔ (language) shǐ (history) zhī (one) chī (to eat) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) gǔ (ancient) hēng (prosperous) huò (maybe) jiù (fault) jūn (monarch) kě (can) mìng (life) rú (as) shàng (still) shì (matter) suī (although) tái (typhoon) xǐ (to be fond of) zhōu (surname Zhou) zú (foot) hào (name) gōng (palace) jù (sentence) mǎ (?) yuē (to speak) gǒu (dog) hé (to close) jí (lucky) lìng (other) bā (supposition or suggestion) xiōng (elder brother) hāi (sound of sighing) míng (name) gào (to tell) zhān (to observe) hòu (behind) táng (Tang) gè (each) chàng (to sing) tīng (to listen) hē (drink) yǎo (to bite) ne (and you?) chuán (boat) huí (to circle)

Sounds same

zhī (prop up) zhī (one) zhī (him) zhī (to support) zhī (branch)

Different tone

zhí (straight) zhí (value) zhí (to plant) zhǐ (paper) zhǐ (to stop) zhǐ (walk slowly) zhì (aspiration) zhì (to arrive) zhì (to rule) zhì (to send) zhì (to install)

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


明知故问 míng zhī gù wèn To ask a question when already knowing the answer
塞翁失马,安知非福 sài wēng shī mǎ, ān zhī fēi fú A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
温故而知新 wēn gù ér zhī xīn Studying the past helps to understand the present
Growing rice in China

Growing rice in China


The cultivation of rice for food has been carried out in China for the last 10,000 years. Over this time about 50,000 different varieties have been bred selectively for every possible soil and climate type. Recently it has proved cheaper to import rice rather than grow it in China, so rather surprisingly China is a major importer of this staple food.
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