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

Usually I would say

私は香港に住んでいます

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)

私は香港に住んでいます
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.

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  • then is います=居ます? – chenghopan Jan 28 '17 at 10:52
  • @chenghopan Yes. いる -> 居る – Christer Jan 28 '17 at 10:55

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