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
Year of the ...

Year of the ...

Culture

Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.
The Qin Dynasty

The Qin Dynasty

History

The brief spell of rule by the Qin (only 15 years) defined much of what we now about China. The brutal and centralized rule of Qin Shihuangdi set common standards for all sorts of things across his new vast empire including measurements and the Chinese script.
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