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,
almost 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,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 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, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 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,
about 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,
almost 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, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 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,
almost 3 years ago
Ø3

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


tu3

hua4
vernacular / slang / dialect / patois

guo2

tu3
country's territory / national land

tu3

zhu4

ren2
indigenous person / aboriginal

chan3

tu3

ji1
earth-moving machine / mechanical digger

tu3

ku4

man4

si1

tan3
Turkmenistan

xi1

tu3
rare earth (chemistry)

tu3

bao1

zi5
country bumpkin / boor / unsophisticated country person (humble, applied to oneself) / burial mound

tu3

xing1
Saturn (planet)

tu3

er3

qi2

ren2
a Turk / Turkish person

tu3

ren2
native / aborigine / clay figure

tu3

er3

qi2
Turkey

tu3

beng1

wa3

jie3
to collapse / to fall apart

tu3

lun2
Toulon (city in France)

tu3

bu4
homespun cloth

tu3

di4

gai3

ge2
land reform

po4

tu3
to break ground / to start digging / to plough / to break through the ground (of seedling) / fig. the start of a building project

ben3

tu3

hua4
to localize / localization

tu3

fa3
traditional method

wa1

tu3

ji1
excavator / backhoe

ka1

tu3

mu4
Khartoum, capital of Sudan

ni2

tu3
earth / soil / mud / clay

jing4

tu3
(Buddhism) Pure Land, usually refers to Amitabha Buddha's Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss (Sukhavati in Sanskrit)

sha1

tu3
sandy soil

fen4

tu3
dirty soil / dung / muck

tao2

tu3
potter's clay / kaolin

tu3

lu4
dirt road

tu3

yao2
earthen kiln / loess cave

ben3

tu3
one's native country / native / local / metropolitan territory

gu4

tu3
native country / one's homeland

dong4

tu3
to break ground (prior to building sth) / to start building

chen2

tu3
dust

tu3

zhu4
aboriginal

nian2

tu3
clay / loam

xiang1

tu3
native soil / one's native land / one's hometown / local (to an area)

jiang1

tu3
territory

tu3

qi4
rustic / uncouth / unsophisticated

tu3

gang3
mound / hillock

gao1

ling3

tu3
kaolin (clay) / china clay

tu3

zu2
Tu or White Mongol ethnic group of Qinghai

tu3

bie1
ground beetle / (dialect) country bumpkin

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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