Pinyin initial: "yu"

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

Mnemonics for yu

Yu is for Yu the Great who tamed the floods.

Characters with yu

moon / month / monthly / CL:個|个[ge4],輪|轮[lun2]

= + : Yu the Great (yu) is modelling a moon (月) in the elevator's bathroom (e4). She uses a stapler (⺆) to staple a lot of capacitors (二) together to form a moon shape, while the real moon is sitting for her.

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a jade bracelet.

Yu the Great and Martin Luther King invented some kind of wrestling sport in the space station's bathroom. Both fighters have to be restrained by large jade bracelets around their body restricting their arms to be aligned to the body. Then they fight. To make things safe they stuffed the space station's bathroom with cosy petal leaves so that they won't hurt themselves.
to use / to employ / to have to / to eat or drink / expense or outlay / usefulness / hence / therefore

= + : Yu the Great hurt her leg when she slipped in the engine's bathroom. The moon helps her to splint her leg using the bathroom's first aid kit and a dinosaur bone.

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a first aid kit. Can you see the cross on the container?
forever / always / perpetual

= + : Mnemonic symbol: as the advertisements tell us, diamonds are forever. I'll represent 永 with a diamond ring.

= + : Yu the Great just got the most romantic proposal ever! In engine, somebody prepared a water fountain and had a diamond ring floating on a petal leaf float over to her. Unfortunately Yu the Great doesn't know who the ring is from, as her lover drowned in the water fountain earlier that day.
to amputate one or both feet (punishment in imperial China) / see also 五刑[wu3 xing2]

= + : The moon (月) was spying on the Yu the Great (yu) in the space station's bathroom (e4). As a punishment, Yu the Great is going to amputate his feet (刖) with a kitchen knife (刂).
to amputate one or both feet (punishment in imperial China) (one of the five mutilating punishments 五刑[wu3 xing2])
cloud / CL:朵[duo3]

= + : Yu the Great (yu) had a little accident in the encampment's kitchen ((e)n2). She blew up her capacitor (二), and now there's smoke (云) everywhere. To be able to breathe, she puts on her fake nose (厶).
surname Yun / abbr. for Yunnan Province 雲南省|云南省[Yun2 nan2 Sheng3]
(classical) to say
currency unit (esp. Chinese yuan) / first / original / primary / fundamental / constituent / part / era (of a reign) / meta- (prefix) / (math.) argument / variable / (Tw) (geology) eon

= + : Sun Wu Kong offers Yu the Great a coin just inside the anthill's kitchen. As Yu the Great takes it, she's literally shocked: Sun Wu Kong hooked up a capacitor to it to play a bad joke on her, and he's laughing his ass off.
surname Yuan / the Yuan or Mongol dynasty (1279-1368)
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 tell to
dialect / language / speech

= + : Yu the Great is seeing some language advertisement on an advertising column in the space station. She decides to paint a big mandarin colored pentagram over the language ad.
to speak / to say

= + : Yu the Great is selling flutes in front of the elevator. She has a whole box of them, and she's advertising them by using a microphone.
and / to give / together with

= : The space station has to be evacuated! Together with the unicorn, Yu the Great tries to wake up the sleepy black horse, but it sleeps really tight.

= : This one looks like 马 with eyes closed, so let's use a sleepy horse as symbol. To distinguish it let's say it's a sleepy black horse.
variant of 歟|欤[yu2]
to take part in
rain / CL:陣|阵[zhen4],場|场[chang2]

= + + : It is raining inside of the space station, and because of zero gravity, it is raining in every direction. Yu the Great can't just hide under a ladder covered with petal leaves, she also has to tug herself in a few maps.
(literary) to rain / (of rain, snow etc) to fall / to precipitate / to wet