Pinyin "ku1"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "ku1" is split up into two parts: "ku" and "Ø1". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "ku"

K is for Karl Koala.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "Ø1"

In front of the space station.

Characters pronounced ku1

to cry; to weep
to cry / to weep

= + : Karl Koala (ku) played a trick on the Saint Bernard dog (犬) in front of the space station (Ø1). While the dog was sleeping, Karl put two mandarins (吅) on his eyes and when the dog woke up, he thought he went blind and started to cry (哭) like a baby.
to dig
cave / hole
dried up

= + : Karl Koala (ku) is exploring a cloister (古) which appeared in front of the space station (Ø1). In the cloister he finds a Christmas tree (木), but it is stone old (古) and already extremely dried up (枯).
cave / hole
to cut open / rip up / scoop out
used in 圐圙[ku1 lüe4]
see 矻矻[ku1 ku1] / Taiwan pr. [ku4]
to squat