Pinyin initial: "di"

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

Mnemonics for di

Di is for Dorothy Gale.

Characters with di

see 的士[di1 shi4]
(bound form) bull's-eye; target
aim / clear
really and truly
male adult / the 4th of the 10 Heavenly Stems 天干[tian1 gan1] / fourth (used like "4" or "D") / small cube of meat or vegetable / (literary) to encounter / (archaic) ancient Chinese compass point: 195° / (chemistry) butyl

= + : Mnemonic symobl: a nail. 一 is the head of the nail and 亅 is the shaft. The point of the nail is already a bit bent.

Dorothy Gale (di) balances a flute (一) on a crowbar (亅) in front of the engine ((e)ng1). For this trick, she wins the fourth (丁) place in an artists competition and gets a quarter (丁) of a pizza as prize. Unfortunately, there is a big nail (mnemonic symbol for 丁) on the pizza slice.
surname Ding
earth / ground / field / place / land / CL:片[pian4]

= + : Dorothy Gale (di) hates the cleanliness of the space station, so she used an excavator (也) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4) to dig a pile of dirt (土) out of the ground (地) for a mud bath.
(prefix indicating ordinal number, as in 第六[di4 liu4] "sixth") / (literary) grades in which successful candidates in the imperial examinations were placed / (old) residence of a high official / (literary) but; however / (literary) only; just

= + + + 丿 : Dorothy Gale (di) accomplished an awesome result with her composite bow (弓) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4): She shot a banana (丿) onto a dinosaur bone (丨) so the banana was split in half, and then fired a bamboo stick (⺮) into the banana (丿) so the banana was split in half as well. Dorothy is number one (第) with the bow!
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).
to suspend / to hang up / to hang a person

= + : Dorothy Gale is travelling and tries to find a way to hang up her towel in the aorta's bathroom. Finally, she came up with something: She forges a coat hanger out of mandarin peel and hangs her towel on it.

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a coat hanger.
a string of 100 cash (arch.) / to lament / to condole with / variant of 吊[diao4]
point / dot / drop / speck / o'clock / point (in space or time) / to draw a dot / to check on a list / to choose / to order (food in a restaurant) / to touch briefly / to hint / to light / to ignite / to pour a liquid drop by drop / (old) one fifth of a two-hour watch 更[geng1] / dot stroke in Chinese characters / classifier for items

= + : Dorothy Gale opened a new shop inside anthill. She's selling grilled vegetables, and many people are ordering them. On a plate, they only look like little spots or points.
inn / shop / store / CL:家[jia1]

= + 广 : Dorothy Gale parachutes into anthill's bathroom. She immediately occupies it (marking the territory with a flag) to open her store.
inn; old-style hotel / (bound form) shop; store / CL:家[jia1]
artful / wicked

= + : Dorothy Gale (di) feels wicked (刁) and purposefully scratches the plow (㇆) in front of the aorta (ao1). The ㇀ in 刁 symbolizes the scratch.
surname Diao
variant of 屌[diao3] / penis
younger brother / junior male / I (modest word in letter)

= + + + 丿 : Mnemonic symbol: Jesse James, the younger one of the James brothers (弟).

A mean crocodile (丷) harasses Dorothy Gale (di) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4), but Jesse James (弟) is there to stop him. With a composite bow (弓), he shoots a banana (丿) as a warning shot; as the banana doesn't stop the crocodile, Jesse shoots a dinosaur bone (丨) right into the crocodile's crotch.
to set / to fix / to determine / to decide / to order

= + + : "to fix": duct tape. Somebody wanted to tease Dorothy Gale and taped a graduation cap to her head. Neanderthal Man tries to help her by levering the cap off with a ladder in the engine's bathroom.
used in 提防[di1 fang5] and 提溜[di1 liu5]