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What does the character 'qi" mean ? its picture shows a hot bun with a cross on it. what is it?
Nov 8, 2019 4:55 PM
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气 means steam, air, vitality (of a person), aura etc. So in this case, the heat wave/steam emanating from the bun.
November 8, 2019
I soppose "qi" means 汽 steam, vapor. Homophones are common in Chinese. A syllable in a particular tone may stand for quite a few frequently used morphemes/words/characters, and a syllable in all four tones may correspond to up to tens of them. Therefor homonymy is a challenge for CFL learners.
November 8, 2019
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Russian
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Chinese (Mandarin), English