Pinyin initial: "y"

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

Mnemonics for y

Y is for Maud Younger.

Characters with y

one / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire; whole; all; throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) / also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit

Maud Younger (y) forgot her keys to the space station (Ø1), all she brought outside was her flute (一). She has no choice but to crash the door with the giant flute.
to have; there is / (bound form) having; with; -ful; -ed; -al (as in 有意[you3 yi4] intentional)

= 𠂇 + : Mnemonic symbol: confetti.

In an act of revolution, with a pair of scissors (𠂇) Maud Younger (y) is cutting a paper moon (月) into tiny pieces in the outhouse's living room (ou3). There is (有) only confetti (有) left over.
to regulate / to govern / to control / to mow

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: 乂 looks like pliers. Maud Younger (y) is using pliers (乂) in the space station's bathroom (Ø4) to regulate (乂) and control (乂) the water flow of the sink. Using the pliers she has to pull a lot of bananas (丿) and fingers (㇏) out of the sink.
component in Chinese characters / archaic variant of 毫[hao2] / archaic variant of 乙[yi3]

Mnemonic symbol: a shovel (乚). Remember it by imagining Maud Younger (y) shoveling a grave in the ashram's bathroom (a4).
(adverb) also; both ... and ... (before predicates only) / (literary) particle having functions similar to 啊[a5]
surname Ye
also / too / (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation

= + + : Mnemonic symbol: the excavator (as in a person with this job), because a plow and a shovel are both tools for moving earth, and a dinosaur bone is what excavators are digging for.

Maud Younger (y) is helping an excavator (也) in the elevator (e3). Together they are excavating a dinosaur bone (丨): Maud turns the earth with a plow (㇆), while the excavator moves the earth with a shovel (乚).
(once) again / also / both... and... / and yet / (used for emphasis) anyway

= + : And once again (又), Maud Younger (y) is preparing for battle. She's donning her boxing glove in the outhouse's bathroom (ou4), puts on a beak (㇇) and plans go give her opponent the finger (㇏).
to want; to need; to ask for / will; shall; about to / need to; should / if (same as 要是[yao4 shi5]) / (bound form) important
to demand / to request / to coerce
important / vital / to want / to ask for / will / going to (as future auxiliary) / may / must / (used in a comparison) must be / probably / if

= + : Bessie Coleman shows Maud Younger how to use a knuckle duster in the aorta's bathroom. She says it's very important and that Maud will have to get one herself.
(bound form) to demand; to coerce
surname Yao
youngest / most junior / tiny / one (unambiguous spoken form when spelling out numbers, esp. on telephone or in military) / one or ace on dice or dominoes / variant of 吆[yao1], to shout

= : Maud Younger is going to a poker tournament in the aorta. Before she enters, she hides an ace in her fake nose in front of the aorta.

= : Mnemonic symbol from 幺点, ace: an ace card.
to shoot

Maud Younger (y) is practicing her shooting (弋) skills with a bow in the bathroom of the space station (Ø4). 弋 just looks like a bow with an arrow, which is going to be shot to the left hand side. There's even a feather on the arrow at the right hand end.
"speech" or "words" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 149) / see also 言字旁[yan2 zi4 pang2]

Mnemonic symbol: this character looks like a big "i" (like in information), and I'll represent it by an advertising column. Maud Younger (y) gives a speech (讠) standing on top of an advertising column (讠) in the anthill's kitchen (an2).
outstanding / particularly, especially / a fault / to express discontentment against

= + : Maud Younger (y) receives a medal (mnemonic symbol for 尤) in the outhouse's kitchen (ou2) for her outstanding (尤) particularly large crutch (尢). The medal has the form of a petal leaf (丶).
surname You

= 𠂇 + : Maud Younger (y) is unable to take off her boxing gloves (又) in the outhouse's living room (ou3) on her own! Fortunately, a friend (友) comes over and helps her to take off the gloves by cutting them with a pair of scissors (𠂇).
"house on a cliff" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 53), occurring in 店, 序, 底 etc