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,
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, about 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,
almost 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, 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,
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,
almost 3 years ago

Wikimedia Commons:Stroke Order Project

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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,
almost 3 years ago
Ø3

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


hang1

tu3

ji1
rammer / tamper

shou3

tu3
to guard one's territory / to protect the country

shou3

tu3

you3

ze2
duty to defend the country (idiom)

an1

tu3

zhong4

qian1
to hate to leave a place where one has lived long / to be attached to one's native land and unwilling to leave it

fu4

tie3

tu3
Ferrosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

feng1

tu3
to heap earth (to close a tomb) / a mound (covering a tomb)

yan2

tu3

ti3
gneiss

peng2

shui3

miao2

zu2

tu3

jia1

zu2

zi4

zhi4

xian4
Pengshui Miao and Tujia autonomous county in Qianjiang suburbs of Chongqing municipality

xin1

tu3
subsoil

en1

shi1

tu3

jia1

zu2

miao2

zu2

zi4

zhi4

zhou1
Enshi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture in Hubei

jue2

tu3

ji1
excavator

tu3

di4

gong1
Tudi Gong, the God of the earth

san1

he2

tu3
mortar / concrete / cement

xin1

tu3
freshly dug up earth

xin1

cheng2

tu3
Primosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

ri4

tu3
Rutog county in Ngari prefecture, Tibet, Tibetan: Ru thog rdzong

ri4

tu3

xian4
Rutog county in Ngari prefecture, Tibet, Tibetan: Ru thog rdzong

you3

ji1

tu3
Histosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

ben3

tu3

hua4

ruan3

jian4
software localization

ben3

tu3

pai4
local faction / pro-localization faction (in Taiwanese politics)

dong1

tu3
the East / China

min2

he2

hui2

zu2

tu3

zu2

zi4

zhi4

xian4
Minhe Hui and Tu autonomous county in Haidong prefecture 海東地區|海东地区[Hai3 dong1 di4 qu1], Qinghai

shui3

tu3

bao3

chi2
soil conservation

tu3

li4

gong1

cheng2
geotechnical engineering

yong3

jiu3

dong4

tu3
permafrost

yong3

dong4

tu3
permafrost

tu3

dao4

bu4

xing2
old-fashioned / extremely kitsch
沿
yan2

he2

tu3

jia1

zu2

zi4

zhi4

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

fu2

tu3
topsoil / surface dust

lin4

rong2

tu3
Argosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

jing4

tu3

zong1
Pure Land Buddhism

xiang1
西
xi1

tu3

jia1

zu2

miao2

zu2

zi4

zhi4

zhou1
Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture in northwest Hunan, capital Jishou 吉首

qian2

yu4

tu3
Gleyosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

huo3

shan1

hui1

tu3
Andosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

guo2

tu3

zi1

yuan2

bu4
Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), formed in 1998

hui1

tou2

tu3

lian3
head and face filthy with grime (idiom) / covered in dirt / dejected and depressed

zha2

tu3

dou4

tiao2
french fries / (hot) potato chips

zha2

tu3

dou4

tiao2

r5
erhua variant of 炸土豆條|炸土豆条[zha2 tu3 dou4 tiao2]

zha2

tu3

dou4

pian4
potato chips / crisps / fried potato

guo2

tu3

an1

quan2

bu4
(US) Department of Homeland Security

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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