Introduction

In 2010, Serge Gorodish posted a technique for memorizing the pronunciation of Chinese characters on his blog "Country of the Blind"—maybe his greatest contribution to civilization, as he states in the article. Basically, pinyin syllabels are broken down into several pieces, initials and finals plus tones (which I just call Gorodishes). Then, these are grouped and assigned mnemonics, where the mnemonics of a group of elements follow the same theme. For example, I chose the following theme, basically following Serge's proposal:

The initials b, p, m, f, d, t, n, l, g, k, h, zh, ch, sh, r z, c s, and 0 ("null") are represented by male persona. The initals li, y, bi, pi, mi, di, ti, ni, ji, qi, and xi all have the "i" sound and are represented by female persona. The initials w, bu, pu, mu, fu, du, tu nu lu, gu ku hu zhu, chu, shu, ru zu, su, and cu all have the "u" sound and are represented by animals. The initials yu, nü, lü, ju, qu, and xu all have the "ü" sound and are represented by Greek deities. And for the finals: a, o, e, ai, ei, ao, ou, an, (e)n, ang, (e)ng, and 0 are all represented by locations, while the 1st tone is just in front, the 2nd tone is just inside the entrance, the 3rd tone is any other location inside, the 4th tone is in the bathroom and the 5th tone is on the roof.

Allmost all mnemonics precreated by me contain some hint to point to the original Gorodish element. For example, one might add the menomic "Forbidden City" to "(e)n" and remember it by recalling that "Forbidden" contains "en". Look for these hints if you fail to remember the mnemonic, or create your own.

Basically that's it. Feel free to use any existing mnemonic, add some of your own or design your entirely own system of representations by personae!

All Gorodishes

a1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Adziogol Lighthouse - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


a2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Adziogol Lighthouse - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting


In the Adziogol Lighthouse's kitchen - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 1 year ago | add a painting



a3 - add mnemonic

In the Adziogol Lighthouse - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


a4 - add mnemonic

In the Adziogol Lighthouse's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


a5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Adziogol Lighthouse - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



ai1 - add mnemonic

"ai1" is in front of the palace. Remember it by recalling that "Palais of Versailles" contains two times "ai". - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



ai2 - add mnemonic

"ai2" is just inside the entrance of the palace. Remember it by recalling that "Palais of Versailles" contains two times "ai". - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


ai3 - add mnemonic

"ai3" is in the palace. Remember it by recalling that "Palais of Versailles" contains two times "ai". - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ai4 - add mnemonic

"ai4" is in the palace's bathroom. Remember it by recalling that "Palais of Versailles" contains two times "ai". - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ai5 - add mnemonic

"ai1" is on the roof of the palace. Remember it by recalling that "Palais of Versailles" contains two times "ai". - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



an1 - add mnemonic

In front of Anchor Inn - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


an2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of Anchor Inn - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


an3 - add mnemonic

In Anchor Inn - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 1 year ago


an4 - add mnemonic

In Anchor Inn's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


an5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Anchor Inn - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



ang1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Songgwangsa - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

In front of the Angkor Wat - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 2 years ago | add a painting



ang2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Songgwangsa - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Just inside the entrance of the Angkor Wat - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 2 years ago | add a painting



ang3 - add mnemonic

Inside the Songgwangsa - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Inside the Angkor Wat - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 2 years ago | add a painting



ang4 - add mnemonic

In the Songgwangsa's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

In the Angkor Wat's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 2 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago


ang5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Songgwangsa - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting


On the roof of the Angkor Wat - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 2 years ago | add a painting



ao1 - add mnemonic

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ao2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Taos Pueblo - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ao3 - add mnemonic

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ao4 - add mnemonic

In the Taos Pueblo's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



ao5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Taos Pueblo - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



b - add mnemonic

Beelzebub - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


bi - add mnemonic

Shieldmaiden and valkyrie Brynhildr. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


bu - add mnemonic

"bu" is for Bruno Bear. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


c - add mnemonic

The King of Chu - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


ch - add mnemonic

Charlie Chaplin - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


chu - add mnemonic

Chantal Chicken - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



cu - add mnemonic

Kitty Cat - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

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


d - add mnemonic

Don Quixote - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


di - add mnemonic

Dorothy Gale - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


du - add mnemonic

Doggy Dog - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



e1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Erechtheion - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


e2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Erechtheion - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


e3 - add mnemonic

In the Erechtheion - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


e4 - add mnemonic

In the Erechtheion's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


e5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Erechtheion - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


ei1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Eiffel Tower - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


ei2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Eiffel tower - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

In the Eiffel tower's kitchen - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 1 year ago | add a painting



ei3 - add mnemonic

Inside the Eiffel tower - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ei4 - add mnemonic

In the bathroom of the Eiffel tower - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ei5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Eiffel tower - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



(e)n1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Forbidden City - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


(e)n2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of the Forbidden City - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


(e)n3 - add mnemonic

In the Forbidden City - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


(e)n4 - add mnemonic

In the Forbidden City's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


(e)n5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of the Forbidden City - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



(e)ng1 - add mnemonic

In front of Stonehenge - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


(e)ng2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the entrance of Stonehenge - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago

In Stonehenge's kitchen - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 1 year ago | add a painting



(e)ng3 - add mnemonic

Inside of Stonehenge - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



(e)ng4 - add mnemonic

In Stonehenge's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


(e)ng5 - add mnemonic

On the roof of Stonehenge - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



f - add mnemonic

Frankenstein's Monster - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


fu - add mnemonic

Frieda Fox - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



g - add mnemonic

"g" is for Guy Fawkes. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


gu - add mnemonic

Gitta Giraffe - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


h - add mnemonic

Hamlet - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


hu - add mnemonic

Helga Horse - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ji - add mnemonic

Jeanne d'Arc - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ju - add mnemonic

Zeus - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


k - add mnemonic

"k" is for Karl Marx. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

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


ku - add mnemonic

Karl Koala - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



l - add mnemonic

Sir Lancelot - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago


li - add mnemonic

Li Qingzhao, writer and poet of the Song Dynasty - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


lu - add mnemonic

Lenny Lemur - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


- add mnemonic

Loki - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago


m - add mnemonic

Mahatma Gandhi - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


mi - add mnemonic

Marilyn Monroe - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


mu - add mnemonic

Malte Monkey - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


n - add mnemonic

Napoleon - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago


ni - add mnemonic

Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt Nefertiti. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


nu - add mnemonic

Nelton Newt - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



- add mnemonic

Neptune - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


Ø - add mnemonic

"Ø" is for Albert Einstein. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


o1 - add mnemonic

In front of Olavinlinna Castle - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


Ø1 - add mnemonic

"Ø1" is happening in front of the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


o2 - add mnemonic

Just inside Olavinlinna Castle's entrance - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


Ø2 - add mnemonic

Just insite the space station's entrance - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


o3 - add mnemonic

Inside Olavinlinna Castle - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



Ø3 - add mnemonic

"Ø3" is happening inside the space station. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


o4 - add mnemonic

In Olavinlinna Castle's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


Ø4 - add mnemonic

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

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


o5 - add mnemonic

On Olavinlinna Castle's roof - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



Ø5 - add mnemonic

On the space station's, um, roof - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



ou1 - add mnemonic

In front of the Louvre - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


ou2 - add mnemonic

Just inside the Louvre's entrance - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ou3 - add mnemonic

In the Louvre - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ou4 - add mnemonic

In the Louvre's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago


ou5 - add mnemonic

On the Louvre's roof - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



p - add mnemonic

Pinocchio - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


pi - add mnemonic

Pocahontas - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


pu - add mnemonic

Petra Penguin - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



qi - add mnemonic

"qi" is for the Queen of Hearts. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


qu - add mnemonic

Cupid - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



r - add mnemonic

"r" is for Robinson Crusoe. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ru - add mnemonic

Rachel Rhinoceros - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



s - add mnemonic

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

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


sh - add mnemonic

"sh" is for Sherlock Holmes. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


shu - add mnemonic

Sheldon Shrimp - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


su - add mnemonic

Stephanie Spider - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting



t - add mnemonic

Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


ti - add mnemonic

Mother Teresa - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


tu - add mnemonic

Tommy Turtle - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


w - add mnemonic

Willy Walrus - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


xi - add mnemonic

"xi" is for Marie Curie - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


xu - add mnemonic

Hermes - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


y - add mnemonic

Y is for Maud Younger - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


yu - add mnemonic

Aphrodite - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


z - add mnemonic

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


zh - add mnemonic

George Washington - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 2 years ago


zhu - add mnemonic

George Giant Squid - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


zu - add mnemonic

Zapatista Zebra - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago