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
线
xian4
front line

san1

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one third

yi1

tian1

dao4

wan3
all day long / the whole day

shou3

qu1

yi1

zhi3
to count as number one (idiom); second to none / outstanding

hong1

dong4

yi1

shi2
to cause a sensation (idiom)

yi1

ban3

yi1

yan3
lit. one strong beat and one weak beats in a measure of music (two beats in the bar) (idiom); fig. follow a prescribed pattern to the letter / scrupulous attention to detail

tian1

xia4

di4

yi1
first under heaven / number one in the country

yi1

si1

yi1

hao2
one thread, one hair (idiom); a tiny bit / an iota

yi1

tiao2

long2
lit. one dragon / integrated chain / coordinated process

di4

yi1

fu1

ren2
First Lady (wife of US president)

yi1

xi2

zhi1

di4
(acknowledged) place / a role to play / niche

yi1

yue4
January / first month (of the lunar year)

yi1

lian2

chuan4
a chain of (events, errors, jobs, problems, successes etc) / a succession of (disasters) / a series / a row (of stores)

yi1

shou3
a skill / mastery of a trade / by oneself / without outside help

yi1

hui4
a moment / a while / in a moment / also pr. [yi1 hui3]

yi1

lu4
the whole journey / all the way / going the same way / going in the same direction / of the same kind

yi1

wei4
blindly / invariably

yi1

nian2

dao4

tou2
all year round

bei4

shui3

yi1

zhan4
lit. fight with one's back to the river (idiom); fig. to fight to win or die

yi1

gu3

zuo4

qi4
in a spurt of energy

yi1

huang3
(of passing time) in an instant / (of a sight) in a flash

san1

qi1

er4

shi2

yi1
three sevens are twenty-one (idiom) / the facts of the matter / the actual situation

yi1

lan3

wu2

yi2
be plainly visible

yi1

jian4

ru2

gu4
familiarity at first sight

yi1

zhi4

xing4
consistency

yi1

sao3

er2

kong1
to sweep clean / to clean out

yi1

zhi1

ban4

jie3
lit. to know one and understand half (idiom); a smattering of knowledge / dilettante / amateur

yi1

gu3

nao3

r5
variant of 一股腦兒|一股脑儿[yi1 gu3 nao3 r5]

ju3

yi1

fan3

san1
to raise one and infer three / to deduce many things from one case (idiom)

yi1

lai2

er4

qu4
gradually / little by little / in the course of time

yan2

xing2

yi1

zhi4
word and actions coincide (idiom); to live up to one's word / to match words with deeds / Practice what you preach.

bu4

guan3

san1

qi1

er4

shi2

yi1
regardless of the consequences / recklessly relying on a hopelessly optimistic forecast

hun2

ran2

yi1

ti3
to blend into one another / to blend together well

shui3

tian1

yi1

se4
water and sky merge in one color (idiom)

bu4

diao4

yi1

zhi4
to be united in action

yi1

zhi1

du2

xiu4
lit. only one branch of the tree is thriving (idiom) / fig. to be in a league of one's own / outstanding

zhen4

bi4

yi1

hu1
to issue a call for action / to raise one's hand and issue a rousing call (idiom)

yi1

ding1

dian3
a tiny bit / a wee bit

yi1

lei4
same type / category 1 (i.e. class A)

yi1

sha4
in a flash

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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