Pinyin "ran3"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "ran3" is split up into two parts: "r" and "an3". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "r"

R is for Robinson Crusoe.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "an3"

In the anthill's living room.

Characters pronounced ran3

variant of 冉[ran3]
edge of a tortoiseshell / used in 冉冉[ran3 ran3]
surname Ran
edge of a tortoiseshell / see 冉冉[ran3 ran3]

= + : 冉冉 means "soft" as well as "gradually", so I'll represent 冉 by snail mail.

= + : Robinson Crusoe drank too much in the anthill, so he's unable to receive the letter of dirt that he gets by snail mail. The snail wants to deliver it anyway, so she just staples it to the table next to Robinson.
to dye / to catch (a disease) / to acquire (bad habits etc) / to contaminate / to add color washes to a painting

= + 氿 : Robinson Crusoe (r) finds that there is a small mountain spring (氿) in the anthill (an3). Unfortunately it is contaminated (染) by a plastic Christmas tree (木) standing next to it. The BPA and dye from the Christmas tree leak into the water and change the creek's color (染).
luxuriant growth / passing (of time)
(ornithology) down