Pinyin "deng4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "deng4" is split up into two parts: "d" and "(e)ng4". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "d"

D is for Don Quixote.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "(e)ng4"

In the engine's bathroom.

Characters pronounced deng4

surname Deng

= + : Back in the days, Deng Xiaoping (邓), the Imperator (阝) and Don Quixote (d) all had ambitions to become the leader of China. They decided to settle their dispute in a boxing match to the death in the engine's bathroom ((e)ng4). We all know that Deng Xiaoping emerged from the legendary battle as the winner, standing on the Imperator's and Don Quixote's backs, lifting his boxing gloves (又) towards the sky.
(of liquid) to settle / to become clear

= + : Don Quixote (d) built a complex tower of water bottles (氵) in the engine's bathroom ((e)ng4). He set it up so that the water from one bottle is flowing into the next, and as impurities settle (澄) on the bottom of the bottles the water gets clearer and clearer (澄). To retrieve the cleanest water he has to climb (登) to the top of the tower though.
variant of 凳[deng4]
bench / stool
to open (one's eyes) wide / to stare at / to glare at

= + : Don Quixote (d) mounted (登) the Eye of Providence (目) in the engine's bathroom ((e)ng4). As Don Quixote is standing motionless on the eye they are both staring (瞪) at each other.
cliff-ledge / stone step
path leading up a mountain
Deng ethnic minority of Tibet