lao3 =
l + ao3

prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity / old (of people) / venerable (person) / experienced / of long standing / always / all the time / of the past / very / outdated / (of meat etc) tough | add a mnemonic for this meaning of

Sir Lancelot is showing his respect to grandpa in the Taos Pueblo. He's bowing deep and offering a clay banana, but grandpa refuses by hitting Sir Lancelot on the head with a ladle. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting



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xx5

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

Looks a bit like a crown, which may very well have clay bananas attached to it. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 2 years ago | add a painting


A banana made from clay. - Mnemonic by Matthias, almost 3 years ago | add a painting



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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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 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,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

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

Image by Matthias,
over 2 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,
over 2 years ago


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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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 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, almost 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

Image by Matthias,
almost 3 years ago
Image by Matthias,
over 2 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, about 3 years ago | add a painting

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

Stroke order

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has no simplified variant.

HSK level: 1

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

l

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

Image by Matthias,
almost 2 years ago
ao3

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

Image by Matthias,
over 2 years ago

Words with


lao3

shi1
teacher / CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4] (HSK level 1)

lao3

hu3
tiger / CL:隻|只[zhi1] (HSK level 4)

lao3

bai3

xing4
ordinary people / the "person in the street" / CL:個|个[ge4] (HSK level 5)

gu3

lao3
ancient / old / age-old (HSK level 5)

lao3

ban3
boss / business proprietor / CL:個|个[ge4] (HSK level 5)

lao3

ban3
Robam (brand) (HSK level 5)

lao3

shi5
honest / sincere / open and guileless / naive (HSK level 5)

lao3

shu3
rat / mouse / CL:隻|只[zhi1] (HSK level 5)

shuai1

lao3
to age / to deteriorate with age / old and weak (HSK level 6)

lao3

nai3

nai5
(coll.) father's father's mother / paternal great-grandmother / respectful form of address for an old woman

sheng4

dan4

lao3

ren2
Father Christmas / Santa Claus

lao3

ye5
(respectful) lord / master / (coll.) maternal grandfather

lao3

diao4

ya2
very old / obsolete / out of date

tian1

huang1

di4

lao3
until the end of time (idiom)

lao3

cheng2

qu1
old city district / historical center

lao3

cheng2

qu1
Laocheng district of Luoyang City 洛陽市|洛阳市[Luo4 yang2 shi4], Henan

tang2

lao3

ya1
Donald Duck

lao3

dang1

yi4

zhuang4
old but vigorous (idiom); hale and hearty despite the years

lao3

peng2

you5
old friend

lao3

han4
old man / I (an old man referring to himself)

fu4

lao3
elders

lao3

mou2

shen1

suan4
rigorous schemes and deep foresight (idiom); astute and circumspect

lao3

jiu3
wine, esp. Shaoxing wine

lao3

tai4
elderly, as in movement or bearing

xiao3

lao3

po2
concubine / junior wife / mistress

fa3

lao3
pharaoh (loanword)

lao3

lian4
seasoned / experienced

lao3

hua1

jing4
presbyopic glasses

zhi3

lao3

hu3
paper tiger

lao3

zi1

ge2
veteran

lao3

da4
old age / very / eldest child in a family / leader of a group / boss / captain of a boat / leader of a criminal gang

lao3

shou3
experienced person / an old hand at sth

lao3

tou2
old fellow / old man / father / husband

lao3

ren2
old man or woman / the elderly / one's aged parents or grandparents

chang2

sheng1

bu4

lao3
immortality

lao3

die1
(dialect) father / old man / sir

lao3

di4
(affectionate form of address for a male who is not very much younger than oneself) my boy / old pal

lao3

hua4
to age (of person or object) / becoming old

lao3

tian1

ye2
God / Heavens

lao3

ban3

niang2
female proprietor / lady boss / boss's wife

Example sentences for

 
Bring here - I, old Sun - 's - large ringed sword
Bring me my ringed sword
 
I, old Sun - do not - have - one - hand-fitting - weapon
I do not have a suitable weapon
 
I, old Sun - go up - heaven - enter - earth - there is no - place - not - able
I fly to the sky, I enter the sea, there is nowhere I cannot go
 
I, old Sun - just - not - worry - (le)
Then I don't need to worry anymore
 
I, old Sun - want to - see - this - old - dragon king - quickly - announce
I want to see you old dragon king. Quick, announce my arrival
 
Otherwise - just - eat - my, old Sun - this - one - fist
Or else taste my fist
 
old - neighbor
Hey, old neighbor

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