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,
about 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,
about 3 years ago
Ø1

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

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

Words with


shu3

yi1

shu3

er4
to enumerate / reckoned to be first or second best (idiom); one of the very best

yi1

zhuan3

yan3
in a wink

yi1

jia1

ren2
household / the whole family

yi1

chang2

kong1
all one's hopes and efforts come to nothing / futile

yi1

wu2

shi4

chu4
not one good point / everything about it is wrong

yi1

dian3
a bit / a little / one dot / one point

yi1

shun4

jian1
split second

yi1

men2

xin1

si5
to set one's heart on sth (idiom)

yi1

ban1

shuo1

lai2
generally speaking / in general

qian1

jun1

yi1

fa4
a thousand pounds hangs by a thread (idiom) / imminent peril / a matter of life or death

he2

er2

wei2

yi1
to merge together (idiom); to unify disparate elements into one whole

jiu3

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one ninth

san1

he2

yi1
three in one / triple

sheng4

ji2

yi1

shi2
all the rage for a time / grand fashion for a limited time

mo4

zhong1

yi1

shi4
unable to reach a decision (idiom); cannot agree on the right choice / no unanimous decision / still a matter of discussion

yi1

bing4

bu4

qi3
to fall gravely ill, never to recover (idiom)

yi1

mai4

xiang1

cheng2
traceable to the same stock (idiom); of a common origin (of trends, ideas etc)

yi1

mu4

shi2

hang2
ten lines at a glance (idiom) / to read very rapidly

yi1

wu2

suo3

chang2
not having any special skill / without any qualifications

yi1

zhun3
certainly

yi1

dao1

qie1
lit. to cut all at one stroke (idiom); to impose uniformity / one solution fits a diversity of problems / one size fits all

yi1

zhun3
certainly / also written 一準|一准[yi1 zhun3]

yi1

zhao1

yi1

xi1
lit. one morning and one evening (idiom) / fig. in a short period of time / overnight

ge4

zhi2

yi1

ci2
each sticks to his own version (idiom); a dialogue of the deaf

tong3

yi1

xing4
unity

lu:e4

zhi1

yi1

er4
slight knowledge of sth / to know very little about a subject / a smattering

gong1

kui1

yi1

kui4
lit. to ruin the enterprise for the sake of one basketful / to fail through lack of a final effort / to spoil the ship for a ha'penny worth of tar (idiom)

yi1

qi4

he1

cheng2
to do something at one go / to flow smoothly

du2

shu4

yi1

zhi4
lit. to fly one's banner on a solitary tree (idiom); fig. to act as a loner / to stand out / to develop one's own school / to have attitude of one's own

yi1

ba3

shou3
working hand / member of a work team / participant

yi1

xiao3

cuo1
handful (of)

wan4

zhong4

yi1

xin1
millions of people all of one mind (idiom); the people united

ba1

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one eighth

yi1

wang4

wu2

ji4
as far as the eye can see (idiom)

yi1

ban1

lai2

shuo1
generally speaking

yi1

dai4
region / district

yi1

xie1
some / a few / a little

shi3

zhong1

ru2

yi1
unswerving from start to finish (idiom)

tong3

yi1

zhan4
线
xian4
united front

fu4

zhi1

yi1

ju4
to put to the torch (idiom) / to commit to the flames / to burn sth down deliberately

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 about 3 years ago: Don't miss out the pronunciation notes on this character, for example on the English Wikipedia!

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