Pinyin initial: "r"

The Pinyin initial "r" is used in the first half of Pinyin syllables. In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, "r" belongs to the group of Pinyin initials which are represented in mnemonics by men. You can visit the Pinyin index to see all Pinyin syllables from this mnemonic group, or to see all Pinyin syllables "r" can appear in.

Mnemonics for r

R is for Robinson Crusoe.

Characters with r

sun / day / date, day of the month

= + : Robinson Crusoe (r) is hiding from the sun (日) in an enclosure (囗) full of flutes (一) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4).
abbr. for 日本[Ri4 ben3], Japan
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 (㇏).
"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).
variant of 人[ren2] / "person" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 10), occurring in 兒, 兀, 兄 etc
variant of 冉[ran3]
edge of a tortoiseshell / see 冉冉[ran3 ran3]

= + : 冉冉 means "soft" as well as "gradually", so I'll represent 冉 by snail mail.

= + : Robinson Crusoe drank too much in the anthill, so he's unable to receive the letter of dirt that he gets by snail mail. The snail wants to deliver it anyway, so she just staples it to the table next to Robinson.
surname Ran
edge of a tortoiseshell / used in 冉冉[ran3 ran3]
to recognize / to know / to admit

= + : Robinson Crusoe is lost in the encampment's bathroom. He doesn't know anyone, and he doesn't recognize the environment! At first, he turns to an advertising column, but it doesn't tell him anything useful. But fortunately, Neanderthal Man comes in, instantly recognizes Robinson Crusoe, and tells him where he is.
to warm up / to heat up / hot (of weather) / heat / fervent

= + : Robinson Crusoe wants to heat himself up in the elevator's bathroom, so he burns his good-for-nothing grilling license on a grill to ignite a sizeable flame.
meat / flesh / pulp (of a fruit) / (coll.) (of a fruit) squashy / (of a person) flabby / irresolute / Kangxi radical 130

= + + : Robinson Crusoe (r) and two Neanderthal Men (人人) are having a picnic in the outhouse's bathroom (ou4). They are sitting on a huge map (冂) and each of them devours a big, bloody piece of meat (肉).
ninth of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1] / ninth in order / letter "I" or Roman "IX" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc / ancient Chinese compass point: 345° / nona

= 丿 + : Symbol: a cat o' nine tails. Robinson Crusoe wants to propose to the bachelor just inside the encampment's kitchen. To Robinson's despair, just as he presents his banana, a cat o' nine tails jumps between the two and eats the banana.
dog meat / old variant of 然[ran2]

= + : In the anthill's kitchen, Robinson Crusoe serves the St Bernard Dog Robinson's favourite dish from when he was stranded on that island. He serves it in a moon-shaped bowl, and it it some kind of meat, which the dog happily eats. He would be shocked to find out that it's dog meat he's eating.
correct / right / so / thus / like this / -ly

= + : Robinson Crusoe is grilling some dog meat on his BBQ in the anthill's kitchen, but it's hard to do it correctly because of all the animal rights activists. They think it's not right to grill dog meat.
to yield / to permit / to let sb do sth / to have sb do sth / to make sb (feel sad etc) / by (indicates the agent in a passive clause, like 被[bei4])

= + : Robinson Crusoe badly needs to use anglepod's bathroom, but currently it's under renovation. On the toilet seats there's a sign saying "上" and pointing to an advertising column, so Robinson thinks that they just want him to sit on top of the advertising column, and indeed there's a hole at the top of the column.

= + : Robinson Crusoe spent the whole day following a map around in the outhouse's kitchen, expecting to find an invaluable treasure. Instead he just found a fake nose, and infuriated, he tramples on this damned map.
surname Ren / Ren County 任縣|任县[Ren2 Xian4] in Hebei
to assign / to appoint / to take up a post / office / responsibility / to let / to allow / to give free rein to / no matter (how, what etc) / classifier for terms served in office, or for spouses, girlfriends etc (as in 前任男友)

= + : An assignment written down on a heap of paper. Robinson Crusoe agreed to take care of Rosa Luxemburg's cat o' nine tails for a few days. Rosa wrote down his assignment on paper and handles him the heap in the encampment's bathroom.