tu3
= tu + Ø3
earth / dust / clay / local / indigenous / crude opium / unsophisticated / one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
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Outer space and earth

I hope that this is an officially approved experiment, surely lots of dirt will get into the instruments! By now I'm sure that you can see how is formed by the other characters. This character appears in many other characters, often at the bottom or left-hand side, which means that it potentially conveys meaning. I'll get back to that point later.

We've seen some animals before: Willy Walrus for "wu" and Gitta Giraffe for "gu". When an initial contains the letter "u", an animal will pop up to encode this piece of information in an picture that will stick in your brain, in this case, Tommy Turtle for "tu".

There's one character left, a very important one on its own, before we come to the character for "five".


Composition: 土 = 十 + 一

tu3 =
tu + Ø3

Tu (ethnic group) / surname Tu | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

tu3 =
tu + Ø3

earth / dust / clay / local / indigenous / crude opium / unsophisticated / one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Tommy Turtle (tu) wants to fix a cross (十) on a flute (一) in the space station (Ø3). It's hard to do it in outer space, so he uses some dust and clay (土) to fix the two things together. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


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shi2 =
sh + Ø2

ten / 10 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Sherlock Holmes (sh-) is investigating a very strange thing, which just arrived at the entrance of the space station (-2): A big pyramid made of ten (十) crosses (十), which are in turn made out of flutes (一) and dinosaur bones (丨). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


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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, almost 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


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gun3 =
gu + (e)n3

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 2) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

This character shall be represented by a dinosaur bone when it appears in other characters. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 years ago

Mnemonic symbol: dinosaur bone.

Gitta Giraffe (gu-) found a gorgeous dinosaur bone (丨) in the Forbidden City (-(e)n3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

see 豎筆|竖笔[shu4 bi3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of


=

+
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, almost 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

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appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 5

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

tu

Tommy Turtle - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago
Ø3

"Ø3" is happening inside the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

Words with


tu3

dou4
potato / CL:個|个[ge4] / peanut (Tw) / CL:顆|颗[ke1] (HSK level 5)

tu3

di4
land / soil / territory / CL:片[pian4],塊|块[kuai4] (HSK level 5)

tu3

di5
local god / genius loci (HSK level 5)

tu3

rang3
soil (HSK level 6)

feng1

tu3

ren2

qing2
local conditions and customs (idiom) (HSK level 6)

ling3

tu3
territory (HSK level 6)

shui3

tu3

bu4

fu2
not acclimatized

hong2

tu3
red soil / laterite

jiao1

tu3
scorched earth

hun4

ning2

tu3
concrete

tu3

dui1
mound

tu3

tun2
aardvark

hui1

jin1

ru2

tu3
lit. to squander money like dirt (idiom) / fig. to spend money like water / extravagant

dong4

tu3
frozen earth / permafrost / tundra

tu3

yu3
dialect / patois

tu3

dou4

ni2
mashed potato

wo4

tu3
fertile land

tu3

te4

chan3
local specialty

tu3

mu4
building / construction / civil engineering

tu3

si1
sliced bread (loanword from "toast") / government-appointed hereditary tribal headman in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties

tu3

fei3
bandit

ru4

tu3
to bury / buried / interred

tu3

zang4
burial (in earth)

tu3

ceng2
layer of soil / ground level

zhong1

tu3
Sino-Turkish

juan3

tu3

chong2

lai2
to return in a swirl of dust / to make a stage comeback (idiom)

tui1

tu3

ji1
bulldozer

tu3

li3

tu3

qi4
unsophisticated / rustic / uncouth

tu3

chan3
produced locally / local product (with distinctive native features)

chu1

tu3
to dig up / to appear in an excavation / unearthed / to come up out of the ground

tu3

qiu1
mound / hillock / barrow

huang2

tu3
loess (yellow sandy soil typical of north China)

lu:3

tu3
bauxite / aluminum ore

hui1

tu3
Spodosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

hui1

tu3
dust

shui3

tu3
water and soil / surface water / natural environment (extended meaning) / climate

tu3

bo1

shu3
groundhog

tu3

sheng1

tu3

zhang3
locally born and bred / indigenous / home-grown

nian2

tu3
clay / loam

tu3

hua4
vernacular / slang / dialect / patois

Example sentences for

 
small - spirit - is - this - land - local god - come - here - serve - great sage
This small spirit is this grove's local god, to serve the Great Sage

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