lí Fire

Sounds same

lí (pear)

Different tone

lǐ (inside) lǐ (ceremony) lǐ (texture) lǐ (plum) lì (strength) lì (stand) lì (sharp) lì (strict) lì (beautiful) lì (to experience)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

调虎离山 diào hǔ lí shān Lure an enemy out of its home territory in order to attack it
离乡背井 lí xiāng bèi jǐng A stranger away from home
妻离子散 qī lí zǐ sàn A broken family
China's name

China's name

Culture

Why do we call the country of China 'China'? It is not the name used by the Chinese people themselves. In fact there are a number of names used in the 'Middle Kingdom' that reflect the country's rich cultural and historic heritage.
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