Pinyin initial: "bu"

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

Mnemonics for bu

Bu is for Bruno Bear.

Characters with bu

(bound form) to divine / to forecast or estimate / (of a place to live etc) to choose

= + : Mnemonic symbol from "to divine" and the shape of the character: a voodoo staff.

Bruno Bear (bu-) tries to divine (卜) the future in the space station's living room (Ø3). He places a petal (丶) in the middle of the room as an offering and starts a magic ritual with his voodoo staff (卜). The staff transforms the petal into a dinosaur bone (丨). Bruno divines that the staff was trying to tell him that all things are mortal and must come to an end.
surname Bu
(negative prefix) / not / no

= + : Bruno Bear (bu) is setting up a wind wheel (丆) with a voodoo staff (卜) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4). He also puts a "forbidden" sign (mnemonic symbol for 不) on it, to make clear that it may not (不) be stopped.
no; not so / (bound form) not; un-
ministry / department / section / part / division / troops / board / classifier for works of literature, films, machines etc

= + : Bruno Bear (bu) has been harassed by the Imperator (阝) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4), so Bruno sets up a trap. He creates two fake boobs (乳部) out of poo-poo (咅) and as the Imperator grabs his boobs, the Imperator realizes his mistake and exclaims "bah!" (部).
a step / a pace / walk / march / stages in a process / situation

= + + + 丿 : Mnemonic symbol: a five-paced viper, 五步蛇.

Bruno Bear (bu) was strolling (步) around the space station's bathroom (Ø4) with a dinosaur bone (丨) as walking (步) stick in his hands. He disregarded the barrier (止) marking the wild, forbidden area lightheartedly and just jumped over it whistling a joyful tune. But shortly afterwards he made a terrible realization: only five paces (步)away there was a five-paced viper (步) hiding under a petal leaf (丶)! Bruno knew the viper was after him, so he tried to keep it at distance using his dinosaur bone and feeding it bananas (丿) while at the same time slowly backing up to the barrier.
surname Bu
cloth / to declare / to announce / to spread / to make known

= 𠂇 + : In the space station's bathroom, Bruno Bear is cutting a towel into stripes. He wants to use the stripes as eye masks and make the world a better place, helping people as a new super hero.

= 𠂇 + : Mnemonic symbol: The scissors cut a towel into stripes, which can be used as eye mask.
variant of 布[bu4] / to announce / to spread
to repair / to patch / to mend / to make up for / to fill (a vacancy) / to supplement

= + : Bruno Bear (bu) broke his voodoo staff (卜) inside of the space station (Ø3) and he has nothing available than a royal ermine coat (衤). His staff means much more to him than the coat though, so he rips the royal ermine coat into stripes to fix (补) the staff with the stripes used as bandages.
to catch / to seize / to capture

= + : Ivan Pavlov (甫) tries to catch (捕) Bruno Bear (bu) with a toy claw (扌) inside of the space station (Ø3) because he wants to conduct an experiment on him.
terror / terrified / afraid / frightened

= + : Bruno Bear (bu) wants to become a terrorist (怖). He practices wearing an eye mask (布) and swinging to flails (忄) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4).
to feed

= + : When Bruno Bear (bu) was still a baby, Ivan Pavlov (甫) raised him up in the space station (Ø3) to later do experiments on him. In order to be able to breast feed (哺) Bruno Bear, Ivan cut a mandarin (口) into two halves and attached the two halves to his chest.
to eat / evening meal
see 餔子|哺子[bu4 zi5]
port / wharf / pier
wharf / port / pier
a book / a register / account-book