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

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, 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


mian4

ru2

hui1

tu3
ashen-faced (idiom)

mian4

chao2

huang2

tu3

bei4

chao2

tian1
face to the ground, back to the sky

mian4

se4

ru2

tu3
ashen-faced (idiom)

bing1

lai2

jiang4

dang3

,

shui3

lai2

tu3

yan3
counter soldiers with arms, water with an earth weir (idiom); different situations call for different action / to adopt measures appropriate to the actual situation

ling3

tu3

wan2

zheng3
territorial integrity

feng1

tu3
natural conditions and social customs of a place / local conditions

qi2

tu3
knight / chevallier / chivalrous

zang1

tu3
dirty soil / muck / trash

song1

tu3
to plow (loosen the soil)

yu2

he2

zha2

tu3

dou4

tiao2

r5
fish and chips (traditional English food)

jian3

tu3
alkaline soil

jian3

tu3

jin1

shu3
alkaline earth (i.e. beryllium Be 鈹|铍, magnesium Mg 鎂|镁, calcium Ca 鈣|钙, strontium Sr 鍶|锶, barium Ba 鋇|钡 and radium Ra 鐳|镭)

jian3

xing4

tu3
alkaline soil

yan2

cheng2

tu3
Halosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

huang2

tu3

bu4

lu4

tian1
a slogan used in reference to a project to improve greenery in some parts of Northern China

huang2

tu3

di4
Yellow Earth, 1984 movie by Zhang Yimou 張藝謀|张艺谋[Zhang1 Yi4 mou2]

huang2

tu3

di4
the yellow earth (of China)

huang2

tu3

di4

mao4
loess landform

huang2

tu3

gao1

yuan2
Loess Plateau of northwest China

nian2

tu3

dong4

hua4
clay animation / Claymation

ru4

tu3

wei2

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

ren2

wei2

tu3
Anthrosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

wu3

feng1

tu3

jia1

zu2

zi4

zhi4

xian4
Wufeng Tujiazu Autonomous County in Hubei

hu4

zhu4

tu3

zu2

zi4

zhi4

xian4
Huzhu Tuzu Autonomous County in Haidong prefecture 海東地區|海东地区[Hai3 dong1 di4 qu1], Qinghai

gan1

bian1

tu3

dou4

si1
dry-fried potato slices (Chinese dish)

tu3

la1

fu2

shi4

jun1
Francisella tularensis

gan1

han4

tu3
Aridosols (Chinese Soil Taxonomy)

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

ku4

man4

ren2
Turkmen (person)

tu3

zheng4

ce4
local policy / regional regulations

tu3

yao4

ri4
Saturday (used in ancient Chinese astronomy)

tu3

mu4

gong1

cheng2
civil engineering

tu3

mu4

xing2

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

tu3

mu4

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

tu3

sang1
Tucson (city in Arizona)

tu3

lou2
traditional communal residence, usually of circular shape, found in Fujian province

tu3

yang2

bing4

ju3
combining native and foreign methods

tu3

yang2

jie2

he2
combining native and foreign methods (idiom); sophisticated and many-sided

tu3

kang4
heated brick common bed

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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