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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 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,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

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

Image by Matthias,
over 2 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,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Ø3

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

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago

Words with


tu3

wen1
temperature of the soil

tu3

gai3
land reform / same as 土地改革[tu3 di4 gai3 ge2]

gao1

ling3

tu3
kaolin (clay) / china clay

da4

xing1

tu3

mu4
to carry out large scale construction

tu3

bie1
ground beetle / (dialect) country bumpkin

tu3

zu2
Tu or White Mongol ethnic group of Qinghai

tu3

sang1
Tucson (city in Arizona)

tu3

mu4

shen1
one's body as wood and earth / undecorated / unvarnished (truth)

tu3

mu4

xing2

hai2
earth and wood framework (idiom); plain and undecorated body

tu3

ling2

yu2
see 鯪|鲮[ling2]

tu3

mu4

gong1

cheng2
civil engineering

yin4

jiang1

tu3

jia1

zu2

miao2

zu2

zi4

zhi4

xian4
Yinjiang Tujia and Hmong autonomous county in Tongren prefecture 銅仁地區|铜仁地区[Tong2 ren2 di4 qu1], Guizhou

tu3

yao4

ri4
Saturday (used in ancient Chinese astronomy)

tu3

ji1
free-range chicken

tu3

li4

gong1

cheng2
geotechnical engineering

tu3

jie1

mao2

wu1
lit. earthen steps and a small cottage / frugal living conditions (idiom)

tu3

bang1
native state (term used by British Colonial power to refer to independent states of India or Africa)

tu3

zheng4

ce4
local policy / regional regulations

tu3

dao4

bu4

xing2
old-fashioned / extremely kitsch

ru4

tu3

wei2

an1
buried and at rest (idiom); Resquiescat in pacem (RIP)

tu3

la1

fu2

shi4

jun1
Francisella tularensis

tu3

jian4
civil engineering / same as 土木工程[tu3 mu4 gong1 cheng2]

tu3

ku4

zhen4
Tuku town in Yunlin county 雲林縣|云林县[Yun2 lin2 xian4], Taiwan

tu3

cai2

zhu3
local wealthy landlord / country money-bags / rich provincial

tu3

zhu1
aardvark

tu3

ku4

man4

ren2
Turkmen (person)

dong4

tu3

ceng2
permafrost / tundra / layer of frozen soil

ren2

wei2

tu3
Anthrosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

gan1

bian1

tu3

dou4

si1
dry-fried potato slices (Chinese dish)

tu3

hao2

lie4

shen1
local bosses, shady gentry (idiom); dominant local mafia

tu3

hao2
local tyrant / local strong man / (slang) nouveau riche

tu3

men2
Tumen or Bumin Khan (-553), founder of Göktürk khanate

tu3

ku4

man4
Turkmenistan / Republic of Turkmenistan, former Soviet republic adjoining Iran

tu3

jie1

mao2

ci2
lit. earthen steps and a thatched hut / frugal living conditions (idiom)

tu3

dou4

wang3
Tudou, a Chinese video-sharing website

tu3

tou2

tu3

nao3
rustic / uncouth / unsophisticated

tu3

xiang1
see 香附[xiang1 fu4]

tu3

tuo1

yu2
see 馬鮫魚|马鲛鱼[ma3 jiao1 yu2]

tu3

dou4

si1
shredded potato

tu3

ku4
Tuku town in Yunlin county 雲林縣|云林县[Yun2 lin2 xian4], Taiwan

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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