Cantonese / Chinese is my first language, where 居 and 住 both mean live in

Usually I would say


But recently a japanese friend of mine says

今 京都に居ます

Are their meanings the same?

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住む - to live/reside in place
居る - to exist/to be (for living things)

I live in Hong Kong

今 京都に居ます
Now I am in Kyoto.

Why he is in Kyoto is not said, so that could mean that he is either living there or visiting. Looking in the dictionary it does show 住む and 滞在する as definition number 2.

  • then is います=居ます? Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 10:52
  • @chenghopan Yes. いる -> 居る
    – Christer
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 10:55

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