Pinyin "shan4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "shan4" is split up into two parts: "sh" and "an4". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "sh"

Sh is for Sherlock Holmes.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "an4"

In the anthill's bathroom.

Characters pronounced shan4

surname Shan
good (virtuous) / benevolent / well-disposed / good at sth / to improve or perfect

= + + : Mnemonic symbol: a good book about etiquette.

Sherlock Holmes (sh) finds a bullfrog (业) and a sheep (羊) fighting viciously over a mandarin (口) in the anthill's bathroom (an4). He finds this behaviour unbearable and starts to read Emily Post to them to teach them some manners (善).
fan / sliding, hinged or detachable flat part of sth / classifier for doors, windows etc

= + : Sherlock Holmes (sh) tries to escape the summer heat in the anthill's bathroom (an4). He makes a fan (扇) by attaching a lot of feathers (羽) to a swinging door (户) and fans some fresh air towards himself.
without authority / to usurp / to arrogate to oneself / to monopolize / expert in / to be good at

= + : Sherlock Holmes (sh) finds a beautiful toy claw (扌) in the anthill's bathroom (an4), but he knows that he is not supposed to take it. Nevertheless, he bows very deeply (亶) and then usurps (擅) the toy claw anyway.
to abdicate
variant of 膳[shan4]
to support / to provide for
bamboo fish trap / used in names of places connected with Shantou 汕頭|汕头[Shan4 tou2]
Chinese yellow eel
to repair / to mend / to rewrite / to transcribe
name of a district in Xinjiang
to mock / to ridicule / to slander
variant of 鱔|鳝[shan4]
river in Zhejiang