Pinyin final: "an4"

The Pinyin final "an4" is used in the second half of Pinyin syllables. In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the second half of a Pinyin syllable is always represented by a location. You can visit the Pinyin index to see all Pinyin syllables from this mnemonic group, or to see all Pinyin syllables "an4" can appear in.

Mnemonics for an4

In the anthill's bathroom.

Characters with an4

dawn / morning / daybreak / day / dan, female roles in Chinese opera (traditionally played by specialized male actors)

= + : Mnemonic symbol: A big mug, since many people start the day with a mug of coffee.

Don Quixote (d) meets the sun (日) early in the morning (旦) in the anthill's bathroom (an4). Don Quixote is full of energy and can't wait to start into a new adventure, but since the sun is a morning grouch who only just started drinking her mug of coffee (mnemonic symbol for 旦) she cannot stand it and beats him over the head with a flute (一) to calm him a bit down.
tree trunk / main part of sth / to manage / to work / to do / capable / cadre / to kill (slang) / to fuck (vulgar) / (coll.) pissed off / annoyed

= + : Guy Fawkes is doing some workout in the anthill's bathroom. He's lifting a flute in the one hand and a cross in the other.
ten thousand / a great number

= + : As mnemonic symbol I choose a neuron, since each neuron is said to connect to 10000 others.

= + : Willy Walrus needs to dig up the floor in the anthill's bathroom, but he is tired of doing so manually with a plough. To make his life easier, he sets up a wind wheel for electricity, connects a neuron to the wind wheel and the plough to transmit the electricity and uses his new DIY electric plough to dig much faster.
surname Wan
variant of 占[zhan4]
to take possession of / to occupy / to take up

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a yellow umbrella. James II of England occupies the anthill's bathroom (an4). He uses a pennant (⺊) stuck into a mandarin (口) to mark his territory, and stands there proudly with a yellow umbrella (占).
station / to stand / to halt / to stop / branch of a company or organization / website

= + : James II of England (zh) waits at the bus stop (站) inside of the anthill's bathroom (an4). He carries a very precious vase (立), which he protects with a yellow umbrella (占).
face / side / surface / aspect / top / classifier for objects with flat surfaces such as drums, mirrors, flags etc

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a spray flask with one of these liquids which make a surface super slippery.

In the anthill's bathroom (an4), Marilyn Monroe (mi) wants to set up a wind wheel (丆) on top of a closet (囬). Just as she tries to fix it she slips and falls down, the wind wheel crashing on the floor. She didn't notice that somebody used a can of non-stick coating (面) on the closet's surfaces (面).
variant of 麵|面[mian4]
flour / noodles / (of food) soft (not crunchy) / (slang) (of a person) ineffectual / spineless
courtyard / institution / CL:個|个[ge4]

= + : The pope (阝) wants to join the cloister (寺院), but first he has to pass Yu the Great's (yu) test. He has to run as fast as he can from Vatikan City to the anthill's bathroom (an4), where the entrance to the cloister is. As he arrives at the bathroom huffing and puffing, Yu the Great is waving with a checkered flag.
to owe / to lack / (literary) to be deficient in / (bound form) yawn / to raise slightly (a part of one's body)

= + : The Queen of Hearts (qi) is pretty annoyed by Neanderthal Man (人), who is quarreling with the crane (⺈) in the anthill's bathroom (an4). Neanderthal Man (人) owes the crane money, and the crane is waving with his IOU note (mnemonic symbol for 欠).
to see / to meet / to appear (to be sth) / to interview / opinion / view

= + : Joan of Arc (ji) set up a surveillance camera (mnemonic symbol for 见) in the anthill's bathroom (an4). With its help, she can see Sun Wu Kong (儿) stapling (儿) his hat to his head.
to appear / also written 現|现[xian4]
to appear / present / now / existing / current

= + : Martin Luther King has a project in which he wants to document the current state of the nation. He has a surveillance camera put up in the anthill's bathroom and interviews Marie Curie about her views about the present time.
lightning / electricity / electric (bound form) / to get (or give) an electric shock / phone call or telegram etc / to send via telephone or telegram etc

= + : Dorothy Gale (di) is looking for a wall plug for her charger (mnemonic symbol for 电) in the anthill's bathroom (an4). She's digging up the whole place with a shovel (乚), but instead of a wall plug she finds a microphone (曰).
gap / to separate / to thin out (seedlings) / to sow discontent
to see / to look at / to read / to watch / to visit / to call on / to consider / to regard as / to look after / to treat (an illness) / to depend on / to feel (that) / (after verb) to give it a try / Watch out! (for a danger)

= + : Karl Marx wants to use anthill's bathroom, but when the Eye of Providence is watching he's not able to, so he uses a big baseball glove to get some privacy.
half / semi- / incomplete / (after a number) and a half

= + + : One day, the mean crocodile (丷) and Beelzebub (b-) came to King Solomon (mnemonic symbol for 半 in 判 伴 叛 etc.) in the anthill's bathroom (-an4), and Beelzebub said:

Your Majesty, this crocodile (丷) and I share the same basement hobby room. Not long ago I soldered this huge capacitor (二) to my circuit, and three days later she soldered a huge capacitor to hers. We do not share the basement hobby room with anyone else.

One night while we were all asleep, she hooked up the capacitor reversed, and it popped. Then while I was still asleep, she got up and unsoldered my capacitor. She soldered it to her circuit, then she soldered her popped capacitor into my circuit. In the next evening when I wanted to continue to work on my circuit, I saw that the capacitor (二) was dead. But when I looked at the serial number in the light, I knew it wasn't mine.

"No!" the mean crocodile (丷) shouted. "It was your capacitor all along. My capacitor is alive!" "The dead capacitor is yours," Beelzebub (b-) yelled. "Mine is alive!"

They argued back and forth in front of Solomon (mnemonic symbol for 半, because he likes to cut things in haves), until finally he said, "Both of you say this live capacitor is yours. Someone bring me a sword." A sword was brought, and Solomon ordered, "cut the capacitor in half! That way each of you can have part of it."

"Yes, that is a very good idea! My circuit will be much faster this way anyway", Beelzebub (b-) exclaimed. "I agree, let's do it that way, it's a good compromise", the crocodile said joyfully. "Cut the capacitor (二)! Cut it! Cut it!" Beelzebub screamed. "Do it! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR YOU MORON KING!" shouted the crocodile.

Beelzebub and the crocodile (丷) placed down the big dinosaur bone (丨) they used to transport the huge live capacitor. Promptly King Solomon descended from the anthill's toilet (-an4) and cut the capacitor as well as the dinosaur bone (丨) in halves (半) using a huge broadsword.

Beelzebub and the crocodile carried their capacitor halves (半) home, and they all lived happily ever after.

= + + : Mnemonic symbol: King Solomon is someone who wants to cut everything in half.
Han ethnic group / Chinese (language) / the Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

= + : Hamlet wants to become a real han and so he has been practising boxing in the anthill's bathroom all day long. He's sweating a lot and without taking off his boxing gloves he grabs a bottle of water to quench his thirst.