yan1 =
y + an1

Yan, a vassal state of Zhou in modern Hebei and Liaoning / north Hebei / the four Yan kingdoms of the Sixteen Kingdoms, namely: Former Yan 前燕 (337-370), Later Yan 後燕|后燕 (384-409), Southern Yan 南燕 (398-410), Northern Yan 北燕 (409-436) / surname Yan | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

yan4 =
y + an4

swallow (family Hirundinidae) / old variant of 宴[yan4] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

yan4 =
y + an4

variant of 燕[yan4] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of


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bei3 =
b + ei3

north / to be defeated (classical) | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

A compass rose. In the Eiffel tower, Beelzebub tries to build a compass. As a baseplate he uses a piece of wood, on which he sticks the north pike of a compass rose. On the south pike he balances a ladle, which is supposed to adjust itself to earth's magnetic field. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



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qiang2 =
qi + ang2

"piece of wood" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 90), mirror image of 片[pian4] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Just as she entered the Angkor Wat, the Queen of Hearts craves for a popsicle. It seems like a miracle that just inside the entrance of the Angkor Wat she finds a crate full of popsicles, which she cracks open using a dinosaur bone. Unfortunately, all the popsicles are contaminated with pieces of wood. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting



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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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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


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bing1 =
bi + (e)ng1

"ice" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 15), occurring in 冰, 决, 次 / see also 兩點水|两点水[liang3 dian3 shui3] | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Brynhildr (bi) is eating a popsicle (冫) while sitting in front of Stonehenge ((e)ng1). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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bi3 =
bi + Ø3

dagger / ladle / ancient type of spoon | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Brynhildr plays a game inside the space station using zero gravity: using a big ladle and a shovel as bats, she beats a banana back and forth. - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

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


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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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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丿
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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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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廿
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kou3 =
k + ou3

mouth / classifier for things with mouths (people, domestic animals, cannons, wells etc) / classifier for bites or mouthfuls | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

口 shall be represented by a mandarin. Karl Marx (k-) is watching a mouth-watering mandarin in the Louvre (-ou3). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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廿
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廿
nian4 =
ni + an4

twenty (20), in a limited number of set expressions / also written using banker's character 念 | add a mnemonic for this meaning of 廿

This character looks like a flower pot. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting


Nefertiti needs to vent off steam. In Anchor Inn's bathroom she finds a flower pot with twenty flutes inside. With a single swing with her double axe, she splits all twenty flutes. Afterwards, she feels much better. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 3 years ago | add a painting


廿
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nian4 =
ni + an4

twenty, twentieth | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Symbol: double axe. Here's why: 20 -> XX -> "double-x" -> "double axe".

Nefertiti (ni) is rebuilding her kingdom in the bathroom of Anchor Inn (an4). She's shaping twenty (卄) dinosaur bones (丨) with a double axe (卄) and stacking them on top of one (一) flute (一). - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting



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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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago

shu4 =
shu + Ø4

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

廿
=

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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 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 4 years ago
Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago


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廿
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xx5

component related to fire or, in case of animals, legs | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

I will represent this "fire" component by a grill. - Mnemonic by Matthias, about 4 years ago | add a painting


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is the simplified version of .

is not part of the HSK.

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

y

Y is for Maud Younger - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
an1

In front of Anchor Inn - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
about 4 years ago
an4

In Anchor Inn's bathroom - Mnemonic by Matthias, over 4 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 3 years ago

Words with


yan4

wo1
swallow's nest

yan4

wei3

fu2
swallow-tailed coat / tails

yan4

mai4
oats

yu3

yan4
swift / Apodidae (the swift family)

jin1

si1

yan4
giant swiftlet (collocalia gigas)

yan4

zi5
swallow

yan4

que4
Eurasian finch or brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) / fig. small fry

ying1

ge1

yan4

wu3
the warbler sings and the swallow dances / prosperity abounds (idiom)

hou4

yan1
Later Yan of the Sixteen Kingdoms (384-409)

xin1

hun1

yan4

er3
newlyweds / love birds

zeng1

jin1

yan4
Zeng Jinyan (1983-), Chinese blogger and human rights activist, wife of dissident activist Hu Jia 胡佳[Hu2 Jia1]

yan1

jing1
Yanjing, an old name for Beijing / capital of Yan at different periods

yan1

jing1

pi2

jiu3
Yangjing beer (Beijing beer)

yan1

jing1

da4

xue2
Yanjing or Yenching University, Christian university in Beijing founded in 1919

yan1

guo2
Yan, a vassal state of Zhou in modern Hebei and Liaoning / north Hebei / the four Yan kingdoms of the Sixteen Kingdoms, namely: Former Yan 前燕 (337-370), Later Yan 後燕|后燕 (384-409), Southern Yan 南燕 (398-410), Northern Yan 北燕 (409-436)

yan1

tai4

zi3

dan1
Prince Dan of Yan (-226 BC), commissioned the attempted assassination of King Ying Zheng of Qin 秦嬴政 (later the First Emperor 秦始皇) by Jing Ke 荆轲 in 227 BC

yan4

zi5

xian2

ni2

lei3

da4

wo1
the swallow's nest is built one beakful of mud at a time (idiom) / many a little makes a mickle

yan1

wei3

die2
swallow tail butterfly (family Papilionidae)

yan1

shan1
Yan mountain range across north Hebei

yan4

chao2
Yanchao township in Kaohsiung county 高雄縣|高雄县[Gao1 xiong2 xian4], southwest Taiwan

yan4

chao2

xiang1
Yanchao township in Kaohsiung county 高雄縣|高雄县[Gao1 xiong2 xian4], southwest Taiwan

yan4

shu1
(dialect) insurance (loanword)

yan4

ke1
Hirundinidae (the family of swallows and martins)

yan1

zhao4
Yan and Zhao, two of the Warring States in Hebei and Shanxi / beautiful women / women dancers and singers

yan1

zhao4

du1

shi4

bao4
Yanzhao Metropolis Daily

yan4

sun3
hobby / Falco subbuteo

yan4

que4

an1

zhi1
鸿
hong2

hu2

zhi1

zhi4
lit. can the sparrow and swallow know the will of the great swan? (idiom) / fig. how can we small fry predict the ambitions of the great?

yan4

que4

wu1

que4
lit. sparrow and swallow, crow and magpie; fig. any Tom, Dick or Harry / a bunch of nobodies

yan4

que4

yan1

zhi1
鸿
hong2

gu3

zhi1

zhi4
lit. can the sparrow and swallow know the will of the great swan? (idiom); fig. how can we small fry predict the ambitions of the great?

yan4

que4

xiang4

he4
lit. sparrow and swallow's congratulation (idiom); fig. to congratulate sb on completion of a building project / congratulations on your new house!

yan4

que4

chu4

tang2
lit. a caged bird in a pavilion (idiom); fig. to lose vigilance by comfortable living / unaware of the disasters ahead / a fool's paradise

yan4

mai4

zhou1
oatmeal / porridge

bai2

xiao3

yan4
Pai Hsiao-yen (daughter of Pai Ping-ping)

hu2

yan1

ni1
Jenny Hu

chu4

tang2

yan4

que4
lit. a caged bird in a pavilion (idiom); fig. to lose vigilance by comfortable living / unaware of the disasters ahead / a fool's paradise

yi2

yan4
to leave peace for the future generations

lai2
鸿
hong2

qu4

yan4
lit. the goose comes, the swallow goes (idiom); fig. always on the move

ying3

shu1

yan1

shuo1
lit. Ying writes a letter and Yan reads it / fig. to misinterpret the original meaning / to pile up errors / refers to the letter from capital 郢[Ying3] of 楚[Chu3] in which the inadvertent words "hold up the candle" are mistaken by the minister of 燕[Yan1] as "promote the wise"

yin2

yan4
silver swallow / airplane (affectionate)

chu2

yan4
swallow chick

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