qī phase; stage

Sounds same

qī (seven)

Different tone

qí (board game) qí (his) qí (strange) qǐ (to rise) qì (gas) qì (steam)

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Pronunciation

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Phrases

一个星期 yī gè xīng qī one week
下个星期 xià gè xīng qī next week
上个星期 shàng gè xīng qī last week
星期 xīng qī weekday

Chinese Language

Such an ancient language as Chinese has inevitably gathered very many characters and words that have histories going back hundred of years - far longer than any other currently spoken language. However the structure of Chinese language is quite easy to pick up and continues to be a source of fascination.
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Chinese proverb

Proverb

司空
Sī kōng jiàn guàn [si kong jian guan]
Sikong see usual
Sikong is the title of a minister in China who said that entertainers were a common sight at feasts.
An everyday occurrence; nothing out of the ordinary
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