Pinyin initial: "w"

The Pinyin initial "w" is used in the first half of Pinyin syllables. In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, "w" 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 "w" can appear in.

Mnemonics for w

Wu is for Willy Walrus.

Characters with w


Mnemonic symbol: a plastic enclosure. Willy Walrus (w) is keeping frozen fish in an enclosure (囗) in the Eiffel Tower's kitchen (ei2).
7th earthly branch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., noon, 5th solar month (6th June-6th July), year of the Horse / ancient Chinese compass point: 180° (south)

= 𠂉 + : Willy Walrus (w) is having lunch (午) in the space station's living room (Ø3). He was hiding it in a secret location: With a key (𠂉), he can unlock a chamber hidden in the space station's cross (十).
king or monarch / best or strongest of its type / grand / great

= + : Mnemonic symbol: Martin Luther King. Willy Walrus (wu) is stuck in a heap of dirt (土) in the anglepod's kitchen (ang2). Martin Luther King (王) helps him by holding out a flute (一).
to rule / to reign over
surname Wang
language / culture / writing / formal / literary / gentle / (old) classifier for coins / Kangxi radical 67

= + : Willy Walrus just entered the encampment. He wants to give his beret to the cloakroom personnel, but it's so dirty that they will only touch it with pliers. Willy Walrus is quite offended by this strange culture.

= + : A thick book.
surname Wen
cut off the feet / rising to a height / towering / bald

= + : Mnemonic symbol: A 胡兀尔, a kind of Chinese fiddle with four strings, more commonly known as 四胡.

= + : Sun Wukong is playing his 胡兀尔 in the space station's bathroom, but he's deliberatly playing very badly in order to annoy Willy Walrus. Willy Walrus is so annoyed that he threatens to cut off Sun Wukong's feet with a flute if he doesn't stop.
surname Wu
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
outside / in addition / foreign / external

= + : There's a hole in the wall of the airplane's bathroom (ai4), and from outside (外), a bat (夕) wants to enter. Willy Walrus (w) is very afraid of bats, so he does his best to hinder the bat from entering with a voodoo staff (卜).
net (Kangxi radical 122)

This one just looks like a fishing net. Willy walrus (w) is trying to fish frozen fish from the freezer with a net (罒) inside the anglepod's living room (ang3).
to finish / to be over / whole / complete / entire

= + : Willy Walrus celebrates finishing his degree just inside the anthill's kitchen. He wears a graduation cap, gets lots of coins and somebody waves with a checkered flag.

= + : In other characters: A checkered flag.
five / 5

= + : Martin Luther King helps Willy Walrus to construct a pentagram out of dinosaur bones inside the space station.

= + : A pentagram.
I; me; my

= + : I (我) find Willy Walrus (w) lying motionless in the observatory's living room (o3), and there's a dagger-axe (戈) sticking right in his chest. I (我) try to pull it out while wearing a baseball glove (手).
I / my (old)

= + : In other characters: a mandarin colored pentagram.
surname Wu
(old) I; my

= + : Willy Walrus (w) trips over Sun Wu Kong's (儿) flute (一) in front of the anglepod (ang1). He falls badly and has to use a crutch (mnemonic symbol for 尢) subsequently, because he's lame (尢).