Mnemonic comic for


sháo = sh + ao2: spoon / ladle / CL:把[ba3] / abbr. for 公勺[gong1 shao2], centiliter (unit of volume)


Mnemonic symbol: as 勺 should not be confused with 匕 (ladle), the mnemonic symbol for 勺 is a small silver spoon. Sherlock Holmes (sh) feeds an elephant (勹) medicine in the aorta's kitchen (ao2). The medicine looks like a petal leaf (丶), and Sherlock Holmes uses a small silver spoon (勺) to feed it to the elephant.


We've made our way to learn 勺!

The most frequently used Chinese character is 的, which is similar to the English possessive 's. Now that we have learned the right hand side of 的, let's turn to the left hand side.

Matthias, 9 months ago

勺 character breakdown

"dot" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 3) / see also 點|点[dian3]

This character shall be represented by a petal (丶) when appearing in other characters.

Julian Giant Squid (zhu) is napping in the space station's living room (Ø3) and hugging a petal (丶).
archaic variant of 包[bao1]

= 丿 + : 勹 looks like an elephant: 丿 looks like the edge of the ear and ㇆ looks like the head and trunk.

Beelzebub (b) rides an elephant in front of the aorta (ao1), turning the soil with a plow (㇆). Lots of bananas (丿) are revealed in the turned earth.

Characters with 勺 as component

de = d + e5
of; ~'s (possessive particle) / (used after an attribute) / (used to form a nominal expression) / (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis) / also pr. [di4] or [di5] in poetry and songs

= + : Don Quixote (d) ends up on the elevator's roof (e5) after a standoff. His only weapon left is a silver spoon (勺), so he can only wave with a white flag (白).
see 的士[di1 shi4]
really and truly
aim / clear
(bound form) bull's-eye; target
to make an appointment / to invite / approximately / pact / treaty / to economize / to restrict / to reduce (a fraction) / concise

= + : Marilyn Monroe is on a date with a silk worm in front of the elevator. Marilyn wants to show the silk worm around, and so she carries him around on a little silver spoon.
to weigh in a balance or on a scale
leopard / panther
to fish with a hook and bait

= + : Dorothy Gale (di) has been fishing with a hook and bait (钓) in the aorta's toilet (ao4) for ours now, but at the end all she pulls out is a small silver spoon (勺). Enraged she shoots the water in the toilet multiple times using a golden harpoon (钅).
luminous / burning / to burn / to cauterize
to pour wine / to drink wine / to deliberate / to consider

= + : Julian Giant Squid (zhu) is serving the rooster (酉) wine in the observatory's kitchen (o2) by pouring (酌) wine on a silver spoon (勺) and feeding the rooster with the spoon.

Words with 勺

scoop / ladle / CL:把[ba3]
to be in charge of the cooking / to be the chef / head cook / chef
perforated spoon / strainer spoon / skimmer
wok with a long handle / wok spatula / ladle
(dialect) earpick / curette
back of the head
scoop / dipper
one ladle (of sth bad) spoils the (whole) pot (idiom) / one bad apple spoils the barrel
serving spoon / centiliter (i.e. 10 ml), abbr. to 勺[shao2]
scraper / trowel / putty knife
(bird species of China) spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus)
(bird species of China) koklass pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha)

Sentences with 勺

勺 currently does not appear in any sentence.