lí Fire

Sounds same

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 To leave home
妻离子散 qī lí zǐ sàn A broken family
Giant Pandas of China

Giant Pandas of China

Culture

The emblematic Giant Panda acts as China's ambassador in many leading zoos around the world. A captive breeding programme has proved effective in bringing the cutest of animals back from the brink of extinction.
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Yǐn jiū zhǐ kě [yin jiu zhi ke]
drink turtledove stop thirst
To quench one's thirst with poisoned wine. The blood of the dove was considered poisonous
To take reckless action regardless of the consequences
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face
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