Today’s word of the day is 起 (qǐ) which means ‘to rise’. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 起 (qǐ).
起床 (qǐ chuáng) To get up
The first word is 起床 (qǐ chuáng) which means ‘to get up’. Let’s look at each character of this word, 起 means ‘to rise’ and 床 means bed. A phrase you can use to wake someone up is 快起床! (kuài qǐchuáng!) Get up now!
起飞 (qǐ fēi) Lift off
Another word we can create with 起 (qǐ) is 起飞 (qǐ fēi). This means ‘lift off’. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 起 means to rise and 飞means fly. A way of using it in a sentence is 飞机起飞的那几秒你紧张吗？ (Fēijī qǐfēi de nà jǐ miǎo nǐ jǐnzhāng ma?) Do you get nervous during those few seconds that the plane is taking off?
起火 (qǐ huǒ) To catch fire
Finally, we can create the word 起火 (qǐ huǒ) which means ‘to catch fire’. The 火here means fire, so it means a fire has arisen. A way of using it in a sentence is 起火原因不明。(Qǐhuǒ yuányīn bùmíng.) The reason why the fire was caught is unknown.