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


you3

zhao1

yi1

ri4
one day / sometime in the future

yi1

dao4
together

shi2

yi1

yue4
November / eleventh month (of the lunar year)

yi1

wu2

suo3

zhi1
not knowing anything at all (idiom); completely ignorant / without an inkling

yi1

ge5

yang4
same as 一樣|一样[yi1 yang4] / the same

jin4

yi1

bu4
one step further / to move forward a step / further onwards

yi1

cheng2

bu4

bian4
nothing much changes (idiom); always the same / stuck in a rut

yi1

jia1
the whole family / the same family / the family ... (when preceded by a family name) / group

liu2

yi1

shou3
to hold back a trick / not to divulge all one's trade secrets

yi1

ba3

zhua1
to attempt all tasks at once / to manage every detail regardless of its importance

yi1

fan3

chang2

tai4
complete change from the normal state (idiom); quite uncharacteristic / entirely outside the norm / out of character

yi1

ying1

ju4

quan2
with everything needed available

yi1

nian4

zhi1

cha1
momentary slip / false step / ill-considered action

bu4

yi1

hui4
soon

yi1

qiong2

er4

bai2
impoverished / backward both economically and culturally

yi1

yuan2
single variable (math.) / univariate

jiu3

si3

yi1

sheng1
nine deaths and still alive (idiom); a narrow escape / new lease of life

yi1

shi2
a period of time / a while / for a short while / temporary / momentary / at the same time

yi1

chu4

ji2

fa1
could happen at any moment / on the verge

yi1

yan2

bu4

fa1
to not say a word (idiom)

gu1

zhu4

yi1

zhi4
to stake all on one throw

yi1

bai4

tu2

di4
failed and wiped over the floor (idiom); to fail utterly / a crushing defeat / beaten and in a hopeless position

dan1

yi1
single / only / sole

yi1

lao2

yong3

yi4
to get sth done once and for all

yi1

mu2

yi1

yang4
exactly the same (idiom) / carbon copy

yi1

wang3

da3

jin4
to catch everything in one net (idiom); to eliminate at one stroke / to solve the problem at one fell swoop

yi1

zhen4

zi5
short period of time / while (time) / fit of anger

yi1

qu4

bu4

fu4

fan3
gone forever

yi1

xiang1

qing2

yuan4
one's own wishful thinking

rong2

wei2

yi1

ti3
to fuse together (idiom) / hypostatic union (religion)

yi1

hu1

bai3

ying4
a hundred answers to a single call (idiom) / to respond en masse

que1

yi1

bu4

ke3
not a single one is dispensable / can't do without either

yi1

yong1

er2

shang4
to swarm around / flocking (to see)

hua4

yi1
uniform / to standardize

yi1

ti3

hua4
integration / incorporation / unification

bai3

li3

tiao1

yi1
one in a hundred / cream of the crop

yi1

shen3
first instance (law)

shuo1

yi1

bu4

er4
to say one and mean just that (idiom); to keep one's word

qing1

yi1

se4
monotone / only one ingredient / (mahjong) all in the same suit

qin1

ru2

yi1

jia1
family-like close relationship (idiom)

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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