Pinyin "ma3"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "ma3" is split up into two parts: "m" and "a3". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "m"

M is for Mahatma Gandhi.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "a3"

In the ashram's living room.

Characters pronounced ma3

horse / CL:匹[pi3] / horse or cavalry piece in Chinese chess / knight in Western chess

= + + : A beautiful unicorn rides on top of Mahatma Gandhi in the ashram.
surname Ma / abbr. for Malaysia 馬來西亞|马来西亚[Ma3 lai2 xi1 ya4]
used in 嗎啡|吗啡[ma3 fei1]
weight / number / code / to pile / to stack / classifier for length or distance (yard), happenings etc

= + : Just when Mahatma Gandhi (m) and the unicorn (马) entered the ashram (a3) a giant rock (石) fell down and trapped them inside. There is an inscription written on it: if they ever want to leave, they will have to find the secret number (码) and say it out loud. There is also a hint: "how many roads must a man walk down?"
agate / cornelian

= + : Martin Luther King (王) and Mahatma Gandhi (m) are feeding the unicorn (马) muffins (玛) in the ashram (a3), but the unicorn is frequently biting on agates (玛) and cornelians (玛) which are hidden in the muffins (玛).
agate; cornelian
name of a river