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,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 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

gu3

nao3
all of it / lock, stock and barrel

yi1

tai1

zhi4
the one-child policy

yi1

tai1

hua4
practice of allowing only one child per family

yi1

qiang1
full of (zeal, anger etc)

yi1

lian3

mang2

ran2
puzzled / bewildered

yi1

zhi4

zi4
consistent phonogram(s)

yi1

zhi4

xing4

xiao4

ying4
consistency effect

yi1

zhi4

zi1

yuan2

ding4

zhi3

qi4
uniform resource locator (URL), i.e. web address

bi4

lei3

yi1

xin1
to have one's defenses in good order (idiom)

yi1

ju3

cheng2

gong1
success at one go / to succeed at the first attempt

yi1

ju3

shou3

yi1

tou2

zu2
every little move / every single movement

yi1

ban1

ren2
average person

yi1

ban1

lai2

jiang3
generally speaking

yi1

ban1

yuan2

ze2
general principle

yi1

ban1

jian4

shi5
to lower oneself to sb's level / to argue with sb less well-informed

yi1

ban1

gui1

ding4
ordinary provision (law)

yi1

ban1

mao4

yi4
general trade (i.e. importing and export without processing)

yi1

ye4

zhi1

qiu1
lit. the falling of one leaf heralds the coming of autumn (idiom) / fig. a small sign can indicate a great trend / a straw in the wind

yi1

zhao1

bu4

shen4

,

man3

pan2

jie1

shu1
One careless move and the whole game is lost. (idiom)

yi1

hao4
first day of the month

yi1

hao4

mu4

gan1
driver (golf)

yi1

hao4

dian4

chi2
D size battery

yi1

yi1

dai4

shui3
(separated only by) a narrow strip of water

da4

yi1
first-year university student

da4

yi1

xie1
a bit bigger

da4

yi1

tong3

zhi4
Dayuan Dayi Tongzhi, Yuan dynasty geographical encyclopedia, compiled 1285-1294 under Jamal al-Din 紮馬剌丁|扎马剌丁 and Yu Yinglong 虞應龍|虞应龙, 755 scrolls

da4

yuan2

da4

yi1

tong3

zhi4
Dayuan Dayi Tongzhi, Yuan dynasty geographical encyclopedia, compiled 1285-1294 under Jamal al-Din 紮馬剌丁|扎马剌丁 and Yu Yinglong 虞應龍|虞应龙, 755 scrolls

yi1

jian4

gao1

di1
lit. to fight it out with sb to see who is best (idiom) / fig. to cross swords with / to lock horns

yi1

qin1

fang1

ze2
to get close to / to get on intimate terms with

yi1

jiao4

xing3

lai2
to wake up from a sleep

da4

dan4

yi1

fan1
to have a square meal

yi1

jiao3

yin2

bi4
dime

yi1

chu4

ji2

kui4
to collapse on the first encounter / to give way at once

yi1

yan2
one sentence / brief remark

yi1

yan2

yi1

dong4
(one's) every word and deed (idiom)

yi1

yan2

yi3

bi4

zhi1
one word says it all (idiom, from Analects); to cut a long story short / in a nutshell

yi1

yan2

qian1

jin1
one word worth a thousand in gold (idiom); valuable advice / words of enormous weight

yi1

yan2

chao1

bai3

zong3
to cut a long story short

yi1

yan2

ji4

chu1

,

si4

ma3

nan2

zhui1
lit. once said, a team of horses cannot unsay it (idiom); a promise must be kept

yi1

yan2

wei2

ding4
one word and it's settled (idiom); It's a deal! / That's settled then.

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 over 2 years ago: Don't miss out the pronunciation notes on this character, for example on the English Wikipedia!

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