知 zhī to know; to be aware
Made up of [
arrow; to vow
Note Combining 'arrow' with 'mouth' suggests swiftness of thought. Knowledge can be thought of as sharp as an arrow
Number of strokes
Using 矢 shǐ
族 zú (clan) 矮 ǎi (low)
候 hòu (wait) Using 口 kǒu
右 yòu (right) 和 hé (together) 问 wèn (ask) 叫 jiào (called) 语 yǔ (language) 史 shǐ (history) 只 zhī (one) 吃 chī (to eat) 福 fú (good fortune) 富 fù (rich) 古 gǔ (ancient) 亨 hēng (prosperous) 或 huò (maybe) 咎 jiù (fault) 君 jūn (monarch) 可 kě (can) 命 mìng (life) 如 rú (as) 尚 shàng (still) 事 shì (matter) 虽 suī (although) 台 tái (typhoon) 喜 xǐ (to be fond of) 周 zhōu (surname Zhou) 足 zú (foot) 号 hào (name) 宫 gōng (palace) 句 jù (sentence) 吗 mǎ (?) 曰 yuē (to speak) 狗 gǒu (dog) 合 hé (to close) 吉 jí (lucky) 另 lìng (other) 吧 bā (supposition or suggestion) 兄 xiōng (elder brother) 咳 hāi (sound of sighing) 名 míng (name) 告 gào (to tell) 占 zhān (to observe) 后 hòu (behind) 唐 táng (Tang) 各 gè (each) 唱 chàng (to sing) 听 tīng (to listen) 喝 hē (drink) 咬 yǎo (to bite) 呢 ne (and you?) 船 chuán (boat) 回 huí (to circle) Sounds same
支 zhī (prop up)
只 zhī (one)
之 zhī (him)
支 zhī (to support)
枝 zhī (branch) Different tone
直 zhí (straight)
值 zhí (value)
植 zhí (to plant)
纸 zhǐ (paper)
止 zhǐ (to stop)
夂 zhǐ (walk slowly)
志 zhì (aspiration)
至 zhì (to arrive)
治 zhì (to rule)
致 zhì (to send)
置 zhì (to install) Pronunciation Your browser does not support this audio element.
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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
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