yi1
= y + Ø1
one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1)
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I know, I know, let me explain

So here's Maud Younger playing her flute in front of the space station. But why? Does this even make sense? Let me explain. First, the flute: It is a representation of the shape of the character . Doesn't it look like a flute? At least when you try to exalt your imagination? So, whenever appears in other characters, it will be referenced by as a flute in the mnemonic's story. That way, when you recall the picture in your mind and you see a flute, you'll know that there's involved.

Now, for the setting. There's a pretty clever break up of pinyin syllables into chuncks to which then can be assigned mnemonics on this blog. Following this system of pinyin decomposition, "yi1" starts with "y" as in Maud Younger, the American activist. For now it's enough to mention that because there is an "i" in "yi1" the mnemonic uses a women, and because there's nothing more after "i" the location is the space station, and because it's the fourth tone it's in the space station's bathroom. You can read more about this system on the Gorodish index page.

Now all this wouldn't be needed for such a simple character as this one; this is just a preparation for more complex characters.


can not be decomposed into smaller units.

yi1 =
y + Ø1

one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Maud Younger (y) plays her flute (一) in front of the space station (Ø1). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

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appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

Pronunciation: Gorodish elements and their mnemonics (what's this?)

y

Y is for Maud Younger - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Ø1

"Ø1" is happening in front of the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


yi1

qi3
in the same place / together / with / altogether (in total) (HSK level 2)

di4

yi1
first / number one (HSK level 2)

yi1

gong4
altogether (HSK level 3)

yi1

hui4

r5
a moment / a while / in a moment / now...now... / also pr. [yi1 hui3 r5] (HSK level 3)

yi1

yang4
same / like / equal to / the same as / just like (HSK level 3)

yi1

bian1
one side / either side / on the one hand / on the other hand / doing while (HSK level 3)

yi1

ban1
same / ordinary / so-so / common / general / generally / in general (HSK level 3)

yi1

zhi2
straight (in a straight line) / continuously / always / from the beginning of ... up to ... / all along (HSK level 3)

yi1

ding4
surely / certainly / necessarily / fixed / a certain (extent etc) / given / particular / must (HSK level 3)

yi1

qie4
everything / every / all (HSK level 4)

wan4

yi1
just in case / if by any chance / contingency (HSK level 5)

wei2

yi1
only / sole (HSK level 5)

tong3

yi1
to unify / to unite / to integrate (HSK level 5)

yi1

dan4
in case (sth happens) / if / once (sth happens, then...) / when / in a short time / in one day (HSK level 5)

yi1

bei4

zi5
(for) a lifetime (HSK level 5)

yi1

zhi4
unanimous / identical (views or opinions) (HSK level 5)

yi1

lu4

ping2

an1
to have a pleasant journey / Bon voyage! (HSK level 5)

yi1

du4
for a time / at one time / one time / once (HSK level 6)

yi1

zai4
repeatedly (HSK level 6)

yi1

fan1

feng1

shun4
propitious wind throughout the journey (idiom) / plain sailing / to go smoothly / have a nice trip! (HSK level 6)

yi1

xiang4
always (previously) / a period of time in the recent past (HSK level 6)

yi1

si1

bu4

gou3
not one thread loose (idiom); strictly according to the rules / meticulous / not one hair out of place (HSK level 6)

yi1

mu4

liao3

ran2
obvious at a glance (idiom) (HSK level 6)

yi1

mu4

liao3

ran2
obvious at a glance (idiom) (HSK level 6)

yi1

liu2
top quality / front ranking (HSK level 6)

yi1

lu:4
same / uniformly / all / without exception (HSK level 6)

bu4

xie4

yi1

gu4
to disdain as beneath contempt (idiom) (HSK level 6)

yi1

guan4
consistent / constant / from start to finish / all along / persistent (HSK level 6)

yi1

ru2

ji4

wang3
just as in the past (idiom); as before / continuing as always (HSK level 6)

yi1

ju3

liang3

de2
one move, two gains (idiom); two birds with one stone (HSK level 6)

yi1

dian3

r5
erhua variant of 一點|一点[yi1 dian3]

yi1

tuan2

zao1
chaos / bungle / complete mess / shambles

ri4

fu4

yi1

ri4
day after day

yi1

shi4

wu2

cheng2
to have achieved nothing / to be a total failure / to get nowhere

yi1

wang3

qing2

shen1
deeply attached / devoted

bie2

ju4

yi1

ge2
having a unique or distinctive style

yi1

tu3

wei2

kuai4
to get sth off one's chest

jing4

yi1

jing4
to put sth to rest / calm down a bit!

mu4

kong1

yi1

qie4
the eye can see nothing worthwhile all around (idiom); arrogant / condescending / supercilious

yi1

qi4
at one go / at a stretch / for a period of time / forming a gang

Example sentences for

 
I, old Sun - do not - have - one - hand-fitting - weapon
I do not have a suitable weapon
 
Will - towards - dragon palace - go - a trip
You shall go to the dragon palace
 
where - afraid - not be able to borrow - one - suitable - weapon
There is no need to be afraid to not be able to borrow a suitable weapon
 
Otherwise - just - eat - my, old Sun - this - one - fist
Or else taste my fist
 
Outside - there is - one - devil monkey - burst - palace - come
There is a devil monkey outside bursting into the palace
使  
Specially - come - here - towards - you - borrow - to use
So I came here especially to borrow one from you
 
shrimp - general - fetch - one - spear - come - give - him
General shrimp, bring a spear for him

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Comments (1)

  1. Matthias wrote almost 3 years ago: Don't miss out the pronunciation notes on this character, for example on the English Wikipedia!

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