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

wu3

yi1

shi2
lit. count by fives and tens (idiom); to narrate systematically and in full detail

wu3

yi1
5-1 (May 1st)

yi1

gai4
all / without any exceptions / categorically

yi1

lai2
on one hand,...

si4

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one-quarter

yi1

wang3

wu2

qian2
to advance courageously (idiom) / to press forward

biao3

li3

ru2

yi1
external appearance and inner thoughts coincide (idiom); to say what one means / to think and act as one

zhe4

yang4

yi1

lai2
thus / if this happens then

yi1

da4

zao3
at dawn / at first light / first thing in the morning

yi1

deng3

jiang3
first prize

yi1

ci4

xing4
one-off (offer) / one-time / single-use / disposable (goods)

yi1

dai4
generation

yi1

qing1

er4

chu3
to be very clear about sth (idiom)

sha1

yi1

jing3

bai3
lit. kill one to warn a hundred (idiom); to punish an individual as an example to others / pour encourager les autres

san1

wei4

yi1

ti3
Holy Trinity / trinity

chu1

yi1
first day of lunar month / New Year's Day / first year in junior middle school

yi1

dian3

yi1

di1
bit by bit / every little bit

yi1

guo1

zhou1
(lit.) a pot of porridge / (fig.) a complete mess

yi1

lan3

wu2

yu2
to cover all at one glance (idiom) / a panoramic view

ling2

ji1

yi1

dong4
a bright idea suddenly occurs (idiom); to hit upon an inspiration / to be struck by a brainwave

yi1

chou2

mo4

zhan3
to be unable to find a solution / to be at wits' end

yi1

sao3

er2

guang1
to clear off / to make a clean sweep of

yi1

shi2

jian1
for a moment / momentarily

yi1

xin1
wholeheartedly / heart and soul

yi1

ju3

yi1

dong4
every movement / each and every move

yi1

lu4

shun4

feng1
to have a pleasant journey (idiom)

yi1

zhi4

qian1

jin1
lit. stake a thousand pieces of gold on one throw (idiom); to throw away money recklessly / extravagant

yi1

tiao2

xin1
to be of one mind / to think or act alike

yi1

pang2
aside / to the side of

yi1

jian4

zhong1

qing2
love at first sight (idiom)

shi2

yi1
eleven / 11

yi1

ti3
an integral whole / all concerned / everybody

yi1

yi1
one by one / one after another

lao3

yi1

bei4
previous generation / older generation

tan2

hua1

yi1

xian4
lit. the night blooming cactus shows once / flash in the pan (idiom) / short-lived

yi1

ma3

dang1

xian1
to take the lead

er4

shi2

yi1

dian3
blackjack (card game)

liu4

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one sixth

yi1

lan3

zi5
all-inclusive / undiscriminating

bu4

gu4

yi1

qie4
reckless / regardless of everything

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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