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七 (qī) Seven

 

Seven is a lucky number in the West, but it not so in China. Traditionally 七月 (Qī yuè), the seventh monsth of the lunar calendar, is considered 鬼月 (Guǐ yuè), the ghost month!

 

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Maybe it is because 淒 (Qī), another character that sounds identical to 七 (Qī), means sad. This character is a combination of water (水, Shuǐ) and wife (妻, Qī). I guess it is sad if the wife is crying!

 

The following are some combinations of words we can use with 七 (Qī):

 

七匹 (Qī pī) Seven [horses or clothes].

七刀 (Qī dāo) Seven knives.

七三 (Qī sān) 73

七水 (Qī shuǐ) Seven waters. This could be a name for a city or town.

七心 (Qī xīn) Seven hearts.

七冊 (Qī cè) Seven books or seven volumes.

七口 (Qī kǒu) Seven mouths, meaning seven people [in a household].

七戶 (Qī hù) Seven households.

七尺 (Qī chǐ) Seven and ruler means seven feet.

七人 (Qī rén) Seven people.

七山 (Qī shān) Seven mountains or hills.

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