Pinyin "ding1"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "ding1" is split up into two parts: "di" and "(e)ng1". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "di"

Di is for Dorothy Gale.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "(e)ng1"

In front of the engine.

Characters pronounced ding1

surname Ding
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.
to sting or bite (of mosquito, bee etc) / to say repeatedly / to urge insistently / to ask repeatedly / to stick to a point / (onom.) tinkling or jingling sound

= + : In front of the engine ((e)ng1), Dorothy Gale (di) is celebrating the anniversary of the witche's death by repeatedly (叮) stinging (叮) a mandarin (口) with a nail (丁) and singing "叮咚 the witch is dead!"
nail / to follow closely / to keep at sb (to do sth) / variant of 盯[ding1]

= + : Dorothy Gale (di) is eating a quarter of a pizza (丁) in front of the engine ((e)ng1) with a golden harpoon (钅) when she suddenly finds a nail (钉) on the pizza.
to watch attentively / to fix one's attention on / to stare at / to gaze at

= + : The eye of providence (目) is gazing (盯) at Dorothy Gale (di) in front of the engine ((e)ng1). Dorothy is very annoyed by the eye's rude behavior and sticks a nail (丁) into its eye.
(used in place names)
jingling / tinkling
tincture (loanword)
patch (for mending clothes)
boil / carbuncle
see 耵聹|耵聍, earwax / cerumen
see 虰蛵[ding1 xing2]
to cobble / to patch