Mnemonic comic for 丿


piě = pi + e3: radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 4) / see 撇[pie3]


Pocahontas (pi-) is eating a banana (丿) in the elevator's living room (-e3).


The character 丿 is not used as a standalone character, but one of the most important basic strokes. Therefore it can be very useful to know how to type it using the Pinyin input method. Additionally, learning the mnemonic system how to remember "pi" and "e3" now makes it easier to learn and remember more complicated characters later.

In our system, "pie3" is represented by Pocahontas in the elevator's living room. Pinyin initials with "i" are represented by women, and the final "e3" is represented by the elevator.

Here's the key how to remember the tone of the Pinyin final:

1 -> in front of
2 -> in the kitchen
3 -> in the living room
4 -> in the bathroom
5 -> on the roof

Matthias, 8 months ago (edited 8 months ago)

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Matthias, 8 months ago

丿 character breakdown

The character 丿 cannot be broken down into individual components.

Characters with 丿 as component

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.
Character component without intrinsic meaning

𠂉 = 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: 𠂉 looks like a key.

Imagine a banana you can't open without putting a key into each of the holes of a flute which is painted on its peel.
person; people / CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4]

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: Neanderthal Man (人). Robinson Crusoe (r-) is looking for snacks in the encampment's kitchen (-en2) when he suddenly spots Neanderthal Man (人). Neanderthal Man offers him a banana (丿), but Robinson Crusoe doesn't trust the present and pokes it with a finger (㇏).
Variant of 冂, but the left stroke is 丿, not 丨

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: ⺆ looks like a staple, as used in a stapler.

Zeus (ju) wants to plant bananas (丿) in front of the engine ((e)ng1). He uses a plow (㇆) to dig up the earth and puts the bananas inside. To prevent the bananas from falling down, he staples them down with a stapler (⺆).
"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).
step with the left foot (Kangxi radical 60) / see also 彳亍[chi4 chu4]

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol for the step with the left foot: a black sneaker, because black sneakers are popular at least with the leftists I met.

Rosa Luxemburg (亻) just finished her banana (丿) and throws the peel over her shoulder in the space station's bathroom (Ø4). Charlie Chaplin (彳), wearing a black sneaker on his left foot, manages to step on the banana peel with his left foot and fall over even in zero gravity.
Character component without intrinsic meaning

𠂇 = 丿 + : 𠂇 looks like a pair of scissors. Imagine a pair of scissors (𠂇) cutting open a banana (丿) to find a flute (一) inside.
eight; 8

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: an eight-ball.

Beelzebub (b-) wants to find new ways to lure people into playing pool billiard. To this end he is meditating on top of an eight-ball (八) in front of the Ashram (a1). He uses a finger (㇏) and a banana (丿) as incense to create the right atmosphere.
to regulate / to govern / to control / to mow

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: 乂 looks like pliers. Maud Younger (y) is using pliers (乂) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4) to regulate (乂) and control (乂) the water flow of the sink. Using the pliers she has to pull a lot of bananas (丿) and fingers (㇏) out of the sink.
cereal / grain

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: a bowl of cereals.

Hamlet (h) made himself a bowl of cereals (禾) with bananas (丿) and Christmas trees (木) in the elevator's kitchen (e2). He holds the bowl of cereals like he would hold Yorick's skull.

Words with 丿

丿 is not used as a character in a word.

Sentences with 丿

丿 currently does not appear in any sentence.