Mnemonic comic for


zài = z + ai4: to exist; to be alive / (of sb or sth) to be (located) at / (used before a verb to indicate an action in progress)


Zorro (z) and Rosa Luxemburg (亻) exist (在) in the airplane's bathroom (ai4). Rosa is in the middle of balancing a flute (一) on her head and on a pile of clay (土). Zorro uses his rapier to inscribe "Z" into the flute, so as to mark that the pronunciation of "在" begins with "z".

在 character breakdown

one / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire; whole; all; throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) / also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit

Maud Younger (y) forgot her keys to the space station (Ø1), all she brought outside was her flute (一). She has no choice but to crash the door with the giant flute.
"person" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 9)

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: Rosa Luxemburg. She's quite radical, and her name starts with "r", just like "ren2". Also, 亻appears at the left-hand side of characters, and Rosa is a leftist as well.

Robinson Crusoe (r) and Rosa Luxemburg (亻) are having their favorite snacks in the encampment's kitchen: Rosa is eating a banana (丿) and Robinson is eating a dinosaur bone (丨).
Tu (ethnic group) / surname Tu
earth / dust / clay / local / indigenous / crude opium / unsophisticated / one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]

= + : Tommy Turtle (tu) wants to fix a cross (十) on a flute (一) in the space station's living room (Ø3). He uses dust and clay (土) to hold them together.

Characters with 在 as component

variant of 怪[guai4]

= + : Gitta Giraffe meets Father Christmas in the airplane's bathroom. She finds it rather bewildering that instead of a sack full of presents he holds a big flail. He also looks kind of grumpy, almost like a big monster.
stubble land after crop has been taken / a second crop obtained by rotation of land / an opportunity

Words with 在

inner / internal / intrinsic / innate
where? / what place?
to be nothing difficult / to be a cinch
the matter depends on the individual (idiom); it is a matter for your own effort / With effort, one can achieve anything.
don't meddle in affairs that are not part of your position (Confucius)
to pay no attention to / not to mind
to be out of form / not to be oneself
uneasy / ill at ease
don't insist on only taking one road to Rome (idiom) / there's more than one way to skin a cat
you can't always do as you like / one has to compromise in this world (idiom)
Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa. / the opening sentence of Marx and Engels' "Communist Manifesto"
the whole year must be planned for in the spring (idiom) / early planning is the key to success
make your day's plan early in the morning (idiom) / early morning is the golden time of the day
not to be present / to be out / (euphemism) to pass away / to be deceased
to be dead / to have passed away

Sentences with 在