xian1 =
xi + an1

early / prior / former / in advance / first | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Mnemonic symbol: the First Lady of the United States, FLOTUS.

In front of the Anchor Inn, Sun Wukong, the FLOTUS and Marie Curie dance around the golden calf. When it comes to be in favour of their gods, everyone of them wants to be first. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 1 year ago | add a painting



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xx5

character component without inherent meaning | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Wikipedia redirects to 牛, but the strokes are not completely the same, as the stroke order. Anyway I'm going to represent this character by a small cow: a golden calf. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



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丿
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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 3 years ago | add a painting

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


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丿
+
tu3 =
tu + Ø3

Tu (ethnic group) / surname Tu | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

tu3 =
tu + Ø3

earth / dust / clay / local / indigenous / crude opium / unsophisticated / one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Tommy Turtle (tu) wants to fix a cross (十) on a flute (一) in the space station (Ø3). It's hard to do it in outer space, so he uses some dust and clay (土) to fix the two things together. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago


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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, over 3 years ago | add a painting

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

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

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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


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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,
about 3 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 3 years ago | add a painting

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

r5

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


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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 3 years ago | add a painting

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

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

Stroke order

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appears as component in

has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

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

xi

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
an1

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

Image by Matthias,
about 3 years ago

Words with


xian1

sheng5
teacher / husband / doctor (dialect) / CL:位[wei4] (HSK level 1)

xian1

sheng5
Mister (Mr.) (HSK level 1)

shou3

xian1
first (of all) / in the first place (HSK level 4)

shi4

xian1
in advance / before the event / beforehand / prior (HSK level 5)

zu3

xian1
ancestor / forebears (HSK level 5)

ling3

xian1
to lead / to be in front (HSK level 6)

xian1

jin4
advanced (technology) / to advance (HSK level 6)

you1

xian1
priority (HSK level 6)

xian1

qian2
before / previously (HSK level 6)

yuan2

xian1
former / original (HSK level 6)

yu4

xian1
beforehand / in advance (HSK level 6)

zheng1

xian1

kong3

hou4
striving to be first and fearing to be last (idiom); outdoing one another (HSK level 6)

xian1

li4
antecedent / precedent

xian1

he2
priority / sth advocated first / refers to ancient tradition: Worship the river first, then the sea.

xian1

qian3

dui4
advance party / advance troops

qiang3

xian1
to rush (to do sth urgent) / to try to be the first / to forestall

zao3

xian1
previously / before

qi3

xian1
at first / in the beginning

xian1

jue2

tiao2

jian4
precondition / prerequisite

xian1

du3

wei2

kuai4
joy of first experience (idiom) / the pleasure of reading sth for the first time

xian1

yan4
a priori (philosophy)

xian1

feng1
vanguard / pioneer

xian1

zhi1

xian1

jue2
foresight / having foresight / person of foresight

xian1

qu1
pioneer

xian1

xing2
to precede others / in advance

xian1

zhan3

hou4

zou4
first decapitate then present your trophy (idiom); act first, report later

kai1

lu4

xian1

feng1
pioneer / trailbreaker

xian1

hou4
early or late / priority / in succession / one after another

xian1

ling4
shilling (loanword)

yao2

yao2

ling3

xian1
a long way in front / to lead by a wide margin

xian1

bei4
elders / former generations

xian1

qi1
in advance / beforehand / premature / front-end

xian1

sheng1

duo2

ren2
to gain the upper hand by a show of strength

hao3

hao3

xian1

sheng5
Mr Goody-goody / yes-man (sb who agrees with anything)

xian1

tian1

xing4
congenital / intrinsic / innateness

xian1

fa1

zhi4

ren2
to gain the initiative by striking first (idiom); to pre-empt / to anticipate / pre-emptive

xian1

zhi1
prophet

xian1

xia4

shou3

wei2

qiang2
strike first and gain the upper hand (idiom, martial arts term); Making the first move is an advantage.

shuai4

xian1
to take the lead / to show initiative

xian1

tian1
inborn / innate / natural

Example sentences for

 
first - eat - my - spear
First eat my spear
 
I - first - taste - what - flavor
I'll try them

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