zao3
= z + ao3
early / morning / Good morning!
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Learning how to say "good morning" in Chinese isn't hard: "zao3". If you associate "zao3" with Zorro in the Taos Pueblo, you'll never forget that Zorro resembles "z-" and that the Taos Pueblo resembles "-ao".


Composition: 早 = 十 + 日

zao3 =
z + ao3

early / morning / Good morning! | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Mnemonic symbol: your very own annoying alarm clock going off in the morning. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 1 year ago | add a painting



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shi2 =
sh + Ø2

ten / 10 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Sherlock Holmes (sh-) is investigating a very strange thing, which just arrived at the entrance of the space station (-2): A big pyramid made of ten (十) crosses (十), which are in turn made out of flutes (一) and dinosaur bones (丨). - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


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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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gun3 =
gu + (e)n3

radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 2) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

This character shall be represented by a dinosaur bone when it appears in other characters. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Mnemonic symbol: dinosaur bone.

Gitta Giraffe (gu-) found a gorgeous dinosaur bone (丨) in the Forbidden City (-(e)n3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

see 豎筆|竖笔[shu4 bi3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of


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ri4 =
r + Ø4

sun / day / date, day of the month / abbr. for 日本 Japan | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

The space station has become too close to the sun. In the bathroom, Robinson Crusoe is hiding from the sun with the help of a wooden box full of flutes. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


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wei2 =
w + ei2

enclosure | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Finally, Willy Walrus (wu-) is just inside the entrance of the Eiffel Tower (-ei2). He smuggled himself in sitting in a large wooden box (囗). - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


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+
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

Wikimedia Commons:Stroke Order Project

早 order ef34d00bc51d74ed7929478c3e41b49224572e098a542ada56c67f0d19e04f22

appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 2

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

z

Zorro - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
ao3

In the Taos Pueblo - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago

Words with


zao3

shang5
early morning / CL:個|个[ge4] (HSK level 2)

ji2

zao3
at the earliest possible time / as soon as possible (HSK level 6)

jin3

zao3
as early as possible

zao3

shi4
early demise / untimely death

guo4

zao3
premature / untimely / over-hasty (conclusion)

zao3

xian1
previously / before

gan3

zao3
as soon as possible / at the first opportunity / the sooner the better / before it's too late

chi2

zao3
sooner or later

zao3

an1
Good morning!

zao3

dian3
light breakfast

wei2

shi2

guo4

zao3
premature / too soon

zao3

cao1
morning exercises (physical exercises commonly performed en masse at schools and workplaces in East Asian countries)

zao3

cha2
morning tea

zao3

fan4
breakfast / CL:份[fen4],頓|顿[dun4],次[ci4],餐[can1]

zao3

ban1
early shift / morning work shift

zao3

shu2
precocious / early-maturing

da4

qing1

zao3
early in the morning

yi1

qing1

zao3
early in the morning

chen4

zao3
as soon as possible / at the first opportunity / the sooner the better / before it's too late

yi1

zao3
early in the morning / at dawn

zao3

hun1
to marry too early

zao3

chu1

wan3

gui1
to leave early and return late (idiom)

qi3

zao3

tan1

hei1
to rise early and sleep late

zao3

nian2
early years / adolescence

lao3

zao3
a long time ago

zao3

chan3
premature birth / premature labor

zao3

qi1
early period / early phase / early stage

ying1

nian2

zao3

shi4
to die an untimely death (idiom) / to be cut off in one's prime

qing1

zao3
first thing in the morning / at daybreak

zao3

yi3
long ago / for a long time

zao3

bao4
morning newspaper

zao3
退
tui4
early retirement / to leave a meeting too early

zao3

shi4
morning market

zao3

wan3
morning and evening / sooner or later

ti2

zao3
ahead of schedule / sooner than planned / to bring forward (to an earlier time)

zao3

xie4
premature ejaculation

yi1

da4

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

zao3

qi3
to get up early

zao3

jiu4
already at an earlier time

zao3

shuai1
to age prematurely / premature senescence

Example sentences for

 
we - king - earlier - fly - hundred thousand - eight thousand - li - (le)
Our king has already flown 108 000 li
 
you - will - morning and evening - guard - strictly - control - must not - careless
You must keep a close eye on him, don't be careless
 
Do not - happy - too early
Don't crow too soon
 
old - servant - long ago - say - in the past
This old servant already said it a long time ago
 
discipline - well - early - should - like this
He did very well, he should have done so earlier

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Comments (1)

  1. Matthias wrote over 1 year ago: After all I realize that I've used sunflower as a symbol for 里 too. Luckily, I've not written a mnemonic with 早 as component yet. I take the chance to assign a new mnemonic symbol to 早: the alarm clock which goes off in the morning.

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