si4
= s + Ø4
four / 4
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Going on with counting: four

You should recognize the following in this picture: The boxes represent , Sun Wukong represents ("son"), Socrates tells you that the pronunciation begins with "s" and the bathroom of the space station tells you that the fourth tone is used plus there's no final. Okay okay maybe the last piece of information is not that clear yet. Feel free to head over to the Gorodishes section to read more about the pronunciation encoding.

Now there are four boxes, and that's how the character's information itself is revealed: (Sun Wukong in four boxes) means "four".

Upcoming next: A new character component, , which will be useful to construct the character for "five".


Composition: 四 = 儿 + 囗

si4 =
s + Ø4

four / 4 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Socrates (s-) is doing some workout in the bathroom of the space station (-4). He's lifting four (四) wooden boxes (囗), and wonders why they are so heavy (okay I know it's in outer space and everything, but anyway). He doesn't know that inside one of the four boxes, the monkey king (儿) is hiding and secretly laughing at him - until the monkey king comes out and surprises Socrates with a four-leaved clover (symbol for 四). - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

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


=

+
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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


=
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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


=

+
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,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Wikimedia Commons:Stroke Order Project

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appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

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

s

Socrates. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Ø4

"Ø4" is happening in the bathroom of the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Words with


si4

zhi1
the four limbs of the body (HSK level 6)

diu1

san1

la4

si4
forgetful / empty-headed (HSK level 6)

si4

da4
the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (Buddhism) / the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters, 大鳴大放|大鸣大放[da4 ming2 da4 fang4], 大辯論|大辩论[da4 bian4 lun4], 大字報|大字报[da4 zi4 bao4] (PRC)

yi1

nian2

si4

ji4
all year round

si4

chu4
all over the place / everywhere and all directions

si4

huan2

su4
tetracycline

liu4

si4
refers to Tiananmen incident of 4th June 1989

si4

ren2

bang1
Gang of Four: Jiang Qing 江青, Zhang Chunqiao 張春橋, Yao Wenyuan 姚文元, Wang Hongwen 王洪文, who served as scapegoats for the excesses of the cultural revolution

si4

ji4
four seasons, namely: spring 春, summer 夏, autumn 秋 and winter 冬

zhao1

san1

mu4

si4
lit. say three in the morning but four in the evening (idiom); to change sth that is already settled upon / indecisive / to blow hot and cold

shuo1

san1

dao4

si4
to make thoughtless remarks (idiom) / to criticize / gossip

si4

lin2
one's nearest neighbors

di1

san1

xia4

si4
servile

si4

qi3
to spring up everywhere / from all around

si4

fang1
four-way / four-sided / in all directions / everywhere

si4

mian4

chu3

ge1
lit. on all sides, the songs of Chu (idiom) / fig. surrounded by enemies, isolated and without help

si4

ji2
grade 4 / fourth class / category D

si4

ji4

dou4
green bean / French bean / runner bean

si4

shi2
the four seasons, namely: spring 春, summer 夏, autumn 秋 and winter 冬

si4

zhou1
all around

zhou1

si4
Thursday

si4

mian4

ba1

fang1
in all directions / all around / far and near

zhang1

san1

li3

si4
Zhang and Li (idiom); Zhang with tight trousers and Li with wide hat / Tom, Dick and Harry

si4

bian1

xing2
quadrilateral

si4

sheng1
the four tones of classical Chinese phonetics, namely: level or even tone 平聲|平声, third tone 上聲|上声, fourth tone 去聲|去声, entering tone 入聲|入声 / the four tones of modern standard Chinese pronunciation, namely: First or high level tone 陰平聲|阴平声, Second or rising tone 陽平聲|阳平声, Third or low-falling-raising tone 上聲|上声, Fourth or falling tone 去聲|去声

si4

ping2

ba1

wen3
everything steady and stable (idiom); overcautious and unimaginary

xing1

qi1

si4
Thursday

si4

mian4
all sides

si4

shi2
forty / 40

tiao1

san1

jian3

si4
to be picky / to be choosy

si4

chong2

zou4
quartet (musical ensemble)

wei1

ji1

si4

fu2
danger lurks on every side (idiom)

si4

san4
to disperse / to scatter in all directions

li3

si4
Li Si, name for an unspecified person, second of a series of three: 張三|张三[Zhang1 San1], 李四, 王五[Wang2 Wu3] Tom, Dick and Harry

si4

tong1

ba1

da2
roads open in all directions (idiom); accessible from all sides

si4

fang1

bu4
a slow march

wu3

hu2

si4

hai3
all over the world / everywhere under the sun

li3

bai4

si4
Thursday

shi2

si4

hang2

shi1
sonnet

si4

fen1

zhi1

yi1
one-quarter

Example sentences for

 
four - sea - three - mountain - crowd - immortal - arrive
The crowds of the four seas and the three mountains will all come

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