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

yi4

gu1

xing2
obstinately clinging to one's course (idiom) / willful / one's own way / dogmatic

yi1

yan2

nan2

jin4
hard to explain in a few words (idiom); complicated and not easy to express succinctly

du2

yi1

wu2

er4
unique and unmatched (idiom); unrivalled / nothing compares with it

yi1

shi4
generation / period of 30 years / one's whole lifetime / lifelong / age / era / times / the whole world / the First (of numbered European kings)

di4

yi1

shou3
first-hand

bu4

yi1
to vary / to differ

lao3

yi1

tao4
the same old stuff

zhu2

yi1
one by one

yi1

dian3

dian3
a little bit

yi1

shi4

tong2

ren2
to treat everyone equally favorably (idiom); not to discriminate between people

yi1

kou3

qi4
one breath / in one breath / at a stretch

yi1

sheng1

yi1

shi4
a whole lifetime (idiom); all my life

li3

bai4

yi1
Monday

yi1

ben3

zheng4

jing1
in deadly earnest / deadpan

er3

mu4

yi1

xin1
a pleasant change / a breath of fresh air / refreshing

yi1

xin1

yi1

yi4
concentrating one's thoughts and efforts / single-minded / bent on / intently

yi1

zao3
early in the morning / at dawn

xi3

jie2

yi1

kong1
to steal everything

yi1

kuai4

r5
erhua variant of 一塊|一块[yi1 kuai4]

he2

yi1
to unite

shi2

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one tenth

yi1

xing2
party / delegation

yi1

pin3

hong2
poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

da4

yi1

tong3
unification (of the nation) / large scale unification

yi1

ma3

ping2

chuan1
flat land one could gallop straight across (idiom); wide expanse of flat country

huang2

liang2

yi1

meng4
see 黃粱夢|黄粱梦[huang2 liang2 meng4]

zhong4

kou3

yi1

ci2
all of one voice / unanimous

wei2

yi1

xing4
uniqueness

yi1

bu4

dao4

wei4
to settle a matter in one go

yi1

shi1

zu2

cheng2

qian1

gu3

hen4
lit. one wrong step causes thousand hatred (idiom) / A single slip may cause lasting sorrow.

lu:e4

sheng4

yi1

chou2
slightly better / a cut above

er4

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one half

yi1

fang1
a party (in a contract or legal case) / one side / area / region

tong3

yi1

ti3
whole / single entity

bai3

wen2

bu4

ru2

yi1

jian4
seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others / seeing is believing

yi1

shou3

bao1

ban4
to take care of a matter all by oneself / to run the whole show

yi1

ban1
lit. one spot (on the leopard) / fig. one small item in a big scheme

yi1

nian2

ban4

zai3
about a year

zhou1

yi1
Monday

zhi1

yi1
one of (sth) / one out of a multitude / one (third, quarter, percent etc)

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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