Pinyin "la1"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "la1" is split up into two parts: "l" and "a1". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "l"

L is for Sir Lancelot.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "a1"

In front of the ashram.

Characters pronounced la1

to pull / to play (a bowed instrument) / to drag / to draw / to chat / (coll.) to empty one's bowels

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a fiddlestick

= + : In front of the ashram, sir Lancelot tries to make some music using a fiddlestick and a vase by bowing along the opening of the vase. Maybe he would be successful if he put down that silly toy claw.
used in 垃圾[la1 ji1] / Taiwan pr. [le4]

= + : Lancelot (l) unearthed some radioactive waste (垃) in front of the ashram (a1). He puts it into a vase (立) and closes the vase by filling it up with earth (土). Then he shoots it into space - someone up there will surely know what to do with it.
(onom.) sound of singing, cheering etc / (phonetic) / (dialect) to chat

= + : Sir Lancelot (l) built a fiddle out of a hollow mandarin (口) and strokes it using a fiddlestick (拉). He is busking in front of the ashram (a1) playing his fiddle and chanting (啦) loudly, hoping to make some money.
(onom.) sound of wind, rain etc
meaningless bound form used only in 邋遢[la1 ta5]