支 zhī to support; to sustain; to erect
Made up of [
also; in addition; and
Note The 'hand' underneath something gives idea of support
Number of strokes
Using 十 shí
半 bàn (half) 德 dé (virtue) 古 gǔ (ancient) 载 zài (to carry) 卖 mài (sell) 什 shén (what) 盾 dùn (shield) 直 zhí (straight)
早 zǎo (early) Using 又 yòu
对 duì (right) 发 fā (to send out) 发 fà (hair) 反 fǎn (contrary) 及 jí (and) 鸡 jī (fowl) 难 nán (difficult) 取 qǔ (to take) 圣 shèng (holy) 树 shù (tree) 报 bào (to announce) 欢 huān (merry) 友 yǒu (friend) 受 shòu (to receive) 艰 jiān (difficult) Sounds same
支 zhī (prop up)
只 zhī (one)
之 zhī (him)
知 zhī (to know)
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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独木难支 dú mù nán zhī
It takes more than one person to resolve problems
All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.
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