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

土 order bafbf63470d0caafbade30822feffd67c72a7ebbb0050208b315ac9f4842f766

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


tu3

er3

qi2

si1

tan3
Turkestan

tu3

niu2
clay ox / mound of earth on a dike (ready for emergency repairs)

tu3

niu2

mu4

ma3
clay ox, wooden horse (idiom); shape without substance / worthless object

tu3

gou3
mole cricket / colloquial word for agricultural pest Gryllotalpa 螻蛄|蝼蛄[lou2 gu1]

tu3

lang2
aardwolf (Proteles cristatus), a small insectivorous relative of the hyena

tu3

shen2
earth God

tu3

gu3

ci2
local monastery

tu3

lao3

mao4
hillbilly / yokel / redneck / bumpkin

tu3

ku4

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

tu3

er3

qi2

xuan2

zhuan3

kao3

rou4
Turkish döner kebab

tu3

er3

qi2

yu4
turquoise (gemstone) (loanword)

tu3

er3

qi2

shi2
turquoise (gemstone) (loanword)

tu3

er3

qi2

yu3
Turkish (language)

tu3

er3

qi2

ruan3

tang2
Turkish delight / Lokum

tu3

hui2

xiang1
dill seed

tu3

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

tu3

jia1

zu2
Tujia ethnic group of Hunan

tu3

wei4

er4
Enceladus (moon of Saturn)

tu3

wei4

liu4
Titan / Saturn's sixth moon

tu3

zhi4
locally manufactured

tu3

ba4
earth dam / dam of earth and rocks (as opposed to waterproof dam of clay or concrete)

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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