yi1
= y + Ø1
one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1)
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I know, I know, let me explain

So here's Maud Younger playing her flute in front of the space station. But why? Does this even make sense? Let me explain. First, the flute: It is a representation of the shape of the character . Doesn't it look like a flute? At least when you try to exalt your imagination? So, whenever appears in other characters, it will be referenced by as a flute in the mnemonic's story. That way, when you recall the picture in your mind and you see a flute, you'll know that there's involved.

Now, for the setting. There's a pretty clever break up of pinyin syllables into chuncks to which then can be assigned mnemonics on this blog. Following this system of pinyin decomposition, "yi1" starts with "y" as in Maud Younger, the American activist. For now it's enough to mention that because there is an "i" in "yi1" the mnemonic uses a women, and because there's nothing more after "i" the location is the space station, and because it's the fourth tone it's in the space station's bathroom. You can read more about this system on the Gorodish index page.

Now all this wouldn't be needed for such a simple character as this one; this is just a preparation for more complex characters.


can not be decomposed into smaller units.

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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appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

Pronunciation: Gorodish elements and their mnemonics (what's this?)

y

Y is for Maud Younger - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Ø1

"Ø1" is happening in front of the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


yi1

tu3

wei2

kuai4
to get sth off one's chest

yi1

mian4
one side / one aspect / simultaneously... (and...) / one's whole face

wan4

wu2

yi1

shi1
surefire; absolutely safe (idiom)

huan4

ran2

yi1

xin1
to look completely new (idiom); brand new / changed beyond recognition

xia4

yi1

dai4
the next generation

yi1

jia1

zi5
the whole family

yi1

fang1

mian4
one aspect is

yi1

nian2

si4

ji4
all year round

yi1

xi2

hua4
the content of a conversation / words / remarks

yi1

wo1

feng1
like a swarm of bees / everyone swarms around pushing and shouting / a hornet's nest

yi1

ban1

er2

yan2
generally speaking

hang4

xie4

yi1

qi4
to act in collusion (idiom); in cahoots with / villains will look after one another

yi1

pai1

ji2

he2
lit. on the beat, together now (idiom); Start dancing! / fig. things fit together at one go / to click together / to chime in easily

yi1

yan2

yi1

xing2
every word and action (idiom)

feng1

mi3

yi1

shi2
fashionable for a while (idiom); all the rage

bai3

fen1

zhi1

yi1

bai3
one hundred percent / totally (effective)

yi1

kou3

yao3

ding4
to arbitrarily assert / to allege / to stick to one's statement / to cling to one's view

yi1

jian4

qing1

xin1
love at first sight

yi1

ze2
on the one hand

yi1

bu4

deng1

tian1
reaching heaven in a single bound (idiom); (esp. with negative: don't expect) instant success

yi1

qi4

zhi1

xia4
in a fit of pique / in a fury

yi1

qiao4

bu4

tong1
lit. doesn't (even) enter a single aperture (of one's head) / I don't understand a word (idiom) / it's all Greek to me

yi1

shen1
whole body / from head to toe / single person / a suit of clothes

yi1

tou2
one head / a head full of sth / one end (of a stick) / one side / headlong / directly / rapidly / simultaneously

yi1

bi4

zhi1

li4
(lend) a helping hand

yi1

ge4

ge4
each and every one

yi1

gan1

er4

jing4
thoroughly (idiom) / completely / one and all / very clean

ji3

ji3

yi1

tang2
to congregate in one hall (idiom); to gather under one roof

zheng3

qi2

hua4

yi1
to be adjusted to uniformity (usually of weights and measures) (idiom)

yi1

nuo4

qian1

jin1
a promise worth one thousand in gold (idiom); a promise that must be kept

du2

dang1

yi1

mian4
to assume personal responsibility (idiom); to take charge of a section

yi1

chui2

ding4

yin1
lit. to fix the tone with a single hammer blow / fig. to make the final decision

yi1

ji4

zhi1

chang2
proficiency in a particular field (idiom) / skill in a specialized area (idiom)

yi1

xiao4

zhi4

zhi1
to dismiss with a laugh / to make light of

bu4

ke3

yi1

shi4
to consider oneself unexcelled in the world / to be insufferably arrogant

yi1

ban1

xing4
general / in general terms / generalized

yi1

liu4

yan1
like a wisp of smoke / (to disappear etc) in an instant

yi1

dong4

bu4

dong4
motionless

yi1

yang3

hua4

tan4
carbon monoxide CO

yan3

yan3

yi1

xi1
dying / at one's last gasp

Example sentences for

 
I, old Sun - do not - have - one - hand-fitting - weapon
I do not have a suitable weapon
 
Will - towards - dragon palace - go - a trip
You shall go to the dragon palace
 
where - afraid - not be able to borrow - one - suitable - weapon
There is no need to be afraid to not be able to borrow a suitable weapon
 
Otherwise - just - eat - my, old Sun - this - one - fist
Or else taste my fist
 
Outside - there is - one - devil monkey - burst - palace - come
There is a devil monkey outside bursting into the palace
使  
Specially - come - here - towards - you - borrow - to use
So I came here especially to borrow one from you
 
shrimp - general - fetch - one - spear - come - give - him
General shrimp, bring a spear for him

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Comments (1)

  1. Matthias wrote almost 3 years ago: Don't miss out the pronunciation notes on this character, for example on the English Wikipedia!

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