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Two brothers and a lucky monkey king

There's a whole new class of pronunciations we're touching here: The initials yu, nü, lü, ju, qu, and xu all have the "ü" sound and are represented by Greek deities. This character's pronunciation starts with "xu", and it's represented by Hermes. I would have preferred a Greek deity whose name starts with "x", but well, there isn't (at least as far as I know).


Composition: 兄 = 儿 + 口

xiong1 =
xu + (e)ng1

elder brother | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Hermes and his older brother Apollo are arguing about a mandarin in front of Stonehenge. As mischievous as he is, Sun Wu Kong sneaks in and steals the mandarin, just to eat it himself. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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er2 =
Ø + Ø2

son | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

"Son" (儿) sounds similar to "Sun" like in "Sun Wu Kong", so it's gonna be represented by the monkey king. Albert Einstein (Ø-) and Sun Wu Kong are fighting in the space station's entrance (-Ø2). Their weapons: Albert has a shovel (乚), and Sun Wu Kong has a banana (丿). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago

r5

non-syllabic diminutive suffix / retroflex final | add a mnemonic for this meaning of


=
丿
+
丿
pie3 =
pi + e3

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 4) / see 撇[pie3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of 丿

Pocahontas (pi-) is watching a giant banana (丿) inside the Erectheion (-e3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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丿
+
ya4 =
y + a4

component in Chinese characters / archaic variant of 毫[hao2] / archaic variant of 乙[yi3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

This character shall be represented by a shovel (乚). Remember it by imagining Maud Younger (y) shovelling a grave in the Adziogol Lighthouse's bathroom (a4). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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+
kou3 =
k + ou3

mouth / classifier for things with mouths (people, domestic animals, cannons, wells etc) / classifier for bites or mouthfuls | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

口 shall be represented by a mandarin. Karl Marx (k-) is watching a mouth-watering mandarin in the Louvre (-ou3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago

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兄 red 86b288cd6198cc6a648245bd33b42e9bc3ddb0844521891214b0fc19a409ad21

appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 5

Pronunciation: Gorodish elements and their mnemonics (what's this?)

xu

Hermes - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
(e)ng1

In front of Stonehenge - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago

Words with


xiong1

di4
brothers / younger brother / CL:個|个[ge4] / I, me (humble term used by men in public speech) / brotherly / fraternal (HSK level 5)

xiong1

zhang3
elder brother / term of respect for a man of about the same age

zhang3

xiong1
eldest brother

lao3

xiong1
'old chap' (form of address between male friends)

biao3

xiong1

di4
male cousins via female line

di4

xiong5
brothers / comrade

nan4

xiong1

nan4

di4
brothers in hardship (idiom) / fellow sufferers / in the same boat

fu4

xiong1
father and elder brother(s) / head of the family / patriarch

nan2

xiong1

nan2

di4
lit. hard to differentiate between elder and younger brother (idiom) / fig. one is just as bad as the other

tang2

xiong1

di4
father's brother's sons / paternal male cousin

ren2

xiong1
(honorific written address) My dear friend

jia1

xiong1
(polite) my elder brother

shi1

xiong1
senior male fellow student or apprentice / son (older than oneself) of one's teacher

xiong1

mei4
brother(s) and sister(s)

tang2

xiong1
older male patrilineal cousin

nian2

xiong1
lit. older brother / fig. fellow students who are successful in the imperial examinations

di4

xiong1

men5
brethren

nei4

xiong1
wife's older brother

ba3

xiong1

di4
sworn brothers

meng2

xiong1
senior partner in sworn brotherhood

meng2

xiong1

di4
sworn brother

yan4

xiong1
senior fellow student

hua4

na4

xiong1

di4
Warner Brothers

biao3

xiong1
older male cousin via female line

xiong1

tai2
brother (polite appellation for a friend one's age)

jin1

xiong1
husband of wife's older sister

qin1

xiong1

di4

,

ming2

suan4

zhang4
(lit.) even with your own brother, keep clear accounts

xiong1

di4

xi4

qiang2
internecine strife (idiom); fighting among oneself

a1

xiong1
elder brother

shuang1

sheng1

xiong1

di4
twin brothers

xiong1

di4

xi4

yu2

qiang2

,

wai4

yu4

qi2

wu3
internal disunity dissolves at the threat of an invasion from outside (idiom)

xiong1

di4

hui4
fraternity

lei2

man4

xiong1

di4
Lehman Brothers, investment bank

xiong1

sao3
elder brother and his wife

tong2

bao1

xiong1

mei4
sibling

ling4

xiong1
Your esteemed older brother (honorific)

si4

hai3

zhi1

nei4

jie1

xiong1

di4
all men are brothers

ka3

la1

ma3

zuo3

fu1

xiong1

di4
Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky 陀思妥耶夫斯基

shi1

xing1

di4
fellow apprentices / fellow students (male)

Example sentences for

 
plum - mountain - brothers - listen - order
Brothers from the plum mountain, listen to my order

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