Pinyin "yi3"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "yi3" is split up into two parts: "y" and "Ø3". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "y"

Y is for Maud Younger.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "Ø3"

In the space station's living room.

Characters pronounced yi3

second of the ten Heavenly Stems 十天干[shi2 tian1 gan1] / second in order / letter "B" or Roman "II" in list "A, B, C", or "I, II, III" etc / second party (in legal contract, usually 乙方[yi3 fang1], as opposed to 甲方[jia3 fang1]) / ethyl / bent / winding / radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 5) / ancient Chinese compass point: 105°

Who's second always gets a silver medal.

The character 乙 actually looks like the character 2.

Maud Younger is proudly holding her silver medal in the camera.
old variant of 以[yi3]

= + : Mnemonic symbol: 㠯 looks like a cool pair of safety goggles.

A ghost (尸) has been hiding from Maud Younger (Ø3) in a mandarin (口). Maud finds the mandarin in the space station's living room (Ø3) and squeezes the ghost out, and in order to (㠯) be protected from the mandarin juice flying all around in zero gravity she is wearing safety goggles (㠯).
old variant of 以[yi3]
abbr. for Israel 以色列[Yi3 se4 lie4]
to use / by means of / according to / in order to / because of / at (a certain date or place)

= + : So this is Neanderthal Man with a fake nose. He has bushy eyebrows, so my symbol for 以 is going to be one of these fake noses that come with additional glasses, eyebrows, and a moustache: Groucho glasses.

= + : Maud Younger and Neanderthal Man prepared some costumes for Halloween in the space station. Neanderthal Man created a big fake nose, while Maud Younger made a pair of Groucho glasses.
already / to stop / then / afterwards

= + + : Kinda looks like a dredger. Maud Younger wants to dig a tunnel from the space station to earth, so she already used a dredger to dig up the walls just inside the space station. Unfortunately there are a lot of flutes built into the wall, and the dredger is of no use here, so she had to stop. Instead she then has to use a shovel and a sickle to scratch the flutes free and lever them out afterwards.

= + : Maud Younger (y) is celebrating Christmas in the space station (Ø3) with a Christmas tree (木). She has a very enjoyable and relaxed Christmas just sitting on a chair (椅) and drinking a cappuccino (奇).
horse's tail / pointed posterior section of a locust etc
classical final particle, similar to modern 了[le5]

= + : Mnemonic symbol: the finals of a TV show.

Maud Younger (y) made it to the finals of a TV show (矣) and is facing her last challenge in the space station (Ø3). With a fake nose (厶) covering her face she'll have to smell different darts (矢) and guess which dart player had it in his or her hands last.
to lean on / to rely upon
pleasing / respectful manner
extending to
common plantain (Plantago major)
surname Yi
yttrium (chemistry)