zhī to know; to be aware

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

Note

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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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

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

Chinese Cuisine

A fine Chinese meal is a carefully balanced mixtures of flavors, textures, colors and food types. Although Western fast food has made major inroads in the cities there is still a great appreciation as food as one of the finer pleasures in life. Etiquette at formal banquets is important for visitors to understand before visiting China. Each region in China has its own variations with regional specialities, the cuisine in Guangdong is very different from that of Gansu.
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