chinese plum tree

These four can sound pretty similar (especially if the tones are unclear):

  • 梨子 | lízi | pear
  • 荔枝 | lìzhī | lychee
  • 栗子 | lìzi | chestnut
  • 李子 | lǐzi | plum

It might be interesting to note that all four words contain the radical 木 (mù), which means ‘tree’ or 'wood.’