dao3 =
d + ao3

to fall / to collapse / to topple / to fail / to go bankrupt / to change (trains or buses) / to move around / to sell / to speculate (buying and selling, also 搗|捣) / profiteer | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Rosa Luxemburg arrived in the Taos Pueblo and is greeted by Don Quixote, who, clumsily, topples and falls on to the ground right before Rosa when he actually wants to hug her. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 2 years ago | add a painting


dao4 =
d + ao4

to place upside down / to invert / to pour / to throw out / to move backwards / however / actually / as a matter of fact / contrary to expectation | add a mnemonic for this meaning of


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+
ren2 =
r + (e)n2

"person" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 9) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

I will represent this radical by Rosa Luxemburg. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago

Robinson Crusoe and Rosa Luxemburg are pulling a new trick just inside the entrance of the Forbidden City. Rosa Luxemburg is balancing on Robinson Crusoe, while balancing a banana on a dinosaur bone. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago


=
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,
almost 3 years ago


=
丿
+
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,
almost 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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


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+
dao4 =
d + ao4

to (a place) / until (a time) / up to / to go / to arrive / (verb complement denoting completion or result of an action) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Don Quixote has been waiting at the arrivals conveyor belt in Taos Pueblo's bathroom for way too long, but finally his new kitchen knife arrived. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 2 years ago | add a painting



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+
dao1 =
d + ao1

"knife" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 18) / see also 立刀旁[li4 dao1 pang2] / see also 側刀旁|侧刀旁[ce4 dao1 pang2] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

A kitchen knife. Don Quixote is showing off his special knifes in front of the Taos Pueblo. One is made from a dinosaur bone, and the other is made from a crowbar. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



=

+
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,
almost 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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


=

+
jue2 =
ju + e2

"vertical stroke with hook" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 6) / see also 豎鉤|竖钩[shu4 gou1] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Doesn't 亅 look like a crowbar? Zeus (ju-) shows off his mighty crowbars (亅) in the entrance of the Erechtheion (-e2). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

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


=

+
zhi4 =
zh + Ø4

to arrive / most / to / until | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

George Washington finally got the package he was waiting for! He picks it up from the arrivals in the bathroom of the space station. In it is a flute, which he sticks into his nose. He blows his nose, and boy, does a lot of clay come out! He's glad to have a free nose again. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting


I'll represent this characters by one of these conveyor belts from which you pick up your suitcase when you arrived at an airport. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 2 years ago | add a painting



=

+

+
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,
almost 3 years ago


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+

+
mou3 =
m + ou3

old variant of 某[mou3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

si1 =
s + Ø1

old variant of 私[si1] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

It's a fake nose! Socrates (s) is wearing his fake nose (厶) in outer space, in front of the space station (Ø1). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 2 years ago


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+

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


=

+
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,
almost 3 years ago


=

+
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,
almost 3 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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


=

+
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,
almost 3 years ago

Stroke order

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has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 5

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

d

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
ao3

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
ao4

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

Words with


dao3

mei2
to have bad luck / to be out of luck (HSK level 5)

fan3

dao4
but on the contrary / but expectedly (HSK level 6)

dian1

dao3
to turn upside down / to reverse / back to front / confused / deranged / crazy (HSK level 6)

dao3

bi4
to go bankrupt / to close down (HSK level 6)

xia4

dao3
to be frightened

wo4

dao3
to lie down / to drop to the ground

tui1

dao3
to push over / to overthrow

dong1

dao3
西
xi1

wai1
to lean unsteadily from side to side (idiom); to sway

ya1

dao3
to overwhelm / to overpower / overwhelming

dao4

gua4
lit. to hang upside down / fig. topsy-turvy and inequitable, e.g. manufacturing and trading costs exceed the sale price (of some goods) / to borrow more than one can ever repay

dao3

che1
to change buses, trains etc

dao4

che1
to reverse (a vehicle) / to drive backwards

dao4
退
tui4
to fall back / to go in reverse

ben3

mo4

dao4

zhi4
lit. to invert root and branch (idiom); fig. confusing cause and effect / to stress the incidental over the fundamental / to put the cart before the horse

dian1

dao3

hei1

bai2
lit. to invert black and white (idiom); to distort the truth deliberately / to misrepresent the facts / to invert right and wrong

dao4

liu2
to flow backwards / reverse flow

liao2

dao3
disappointed / frustrated / dejected

dian1

dao3

shi4

fei1
to invert right and wrong

bang1

dao4

mang2
be more of a hindrance than a help

bing4

dao3
to fall ill / to be stricken with an illness

la1

dao3
(coll.) the deal is off / forget about it! / let it go at that!

dao3

shou3
to shift from one hand to the other / to change hands (of merchandise)

bu4

dao3

weng1
roly-poly toy / tilting doll / tumbler

dao4

zhi4
to invert

dao4

ying3
inverted image / reversed image (e.g. upside down)

dao4

shu4
inverse number / reciprocal (math.)

dao4

shu3
to count backwards (from 10 down to 0) / to count down / from the bottom (lines on a page) / from the back (rows of seats)

dao3

xia4
to collapse / to topple over

dao4

li4
a handstand / to turn upside down / to stand on one's head / upside down

dao3

mai4
to resell at a profit / to speculate

dao4

zhuan3
to make an about-turn / to reverse one's direction, policy, sequence etc / to turn things on their head

dao3

teng5
to move / to shift / to exchange / to buy and sell / peddling

nan2

dao3
to baffle / to confound / to stump

shuai1

dao3
to fall down / to slip and fall / a throw (in wrestling)

dao4

shi5
contrary to what one might expect / actually / contrariwise / why don't you

da3

dao3
to overthrow / to knock down / Down with ... !

bai4

dao3
to prostrate oneself / to fall on one's knees / to grovel

dao3

wei4

kou3
to spoil one's appetite / fig. to get fed up with sth

dao4

xiang4
inverted image / reversed image (e.g. upside down)

dao4

guan4
to flow backwards (of water, because of flood, tide, wind etc) / reverse flow / to back up (sewage)

Example sentences for

 
King - want - suitable - weapon - ? - Actually - not-hard
The king wants a suitable weapon? Actually, it is no problem
 
Power - can - vanquish dragons and tigers - move mountains and drain seas
It is in his power to vanquish dragons and tigers, to move mountains and to drain seas
 
Actually - will - call - he - watch out - I, old Sun - not at all - easy - bully
Indeed, tell him to watch out carefully! I'm not easily bullied
 
landscape - actually - pretty good
The landscape is actually pretty nice
 
nowadays - I, old Sun - contrary to expectation - sit - (le) - chief
Today actually I'm the chief of the banquet
 
here - actually - quiet - very
It is so quiet here
 
today - I, old Sun - actually - will - have a look
As it seems I'll get to have a look at

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