Pinyin "dong4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "dong4" is split up into two parts: "du" 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 "du"

Du is for Doggy Dog.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "(e)ng4"

In the engine's bathroom.

Characters pronounced dong4

(of sth) to move / to set in movement / to displace / to touch / to make use of / to stir (emotions) / to alter / abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb

= + : Doggy Dog notices a lot of smoke when he enters engine's bathroom. Instead of thinking long, he acts quickly and moves to push the fire alarm button.
to freeze / to feel very cold / aspic or jelly

= + : Doggy Dog set up his booth at a very bad time: it's winter, and it's freezing cold. He built a small Oriental Pearl Tower in the engine's bathroom and tries to sell popsicles in aspic.
cave / hole / zero (unambiguous spoken form when spelling out numbers) / CL:個|个[ge4]

= + : Doggy Dog (du) finds two twins (同) have fallen down the cave (洞) in the engine's bathroom ((e)ng4). He immediately begins to dig a tunnel to bring them a bottle of water (氵) until more help arrives.
classifier for houses or buildings / ridgepole (old)

= + : Doggy Dog sets up his tent in the engine's bathroom. He already set up a Christmas tree and an Oriental Pearl Tower model as tent poles, and he is busy fixing the ridgepole atop of them.
Dong ethnic group (aka Kam people)
cave / cavern
field / farm / used in place names
variant of 洞[dong4] / cave / pit
(Tw) bowl of steamed rice with other food on top (loanword from Japanese "donburi")
large intestine / torso
milk / sound of a drum
see 蛋白腖|蛋白胨[dan4 bai2 dong4]