Pinyin "shou3"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "shou3" is split up into two parts: "sh" and "ou3". 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 "ou3"

In the outhouse's living room.

Characters pronounced shou3

head / chief / first (occasion, thing etc) / classifier for poems, songs etc

= + : In the outhouse, the chief lends his piece pipe to Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock smokes some weed in the pipe and looks at himself in a hand mirror, thinking that he's uber cool and that he'd pass as a quite formidable chief himself.
hand / (formal) to hold / person engaged in certain types of work / person skilled in certain types of work / personal(ly) / convenient / classifier for skill / CL:雙|双[shuang1],隻|只[zhi1]

Mnemonic symbol: a baseball glove. Sherlock Holmes (sh) is trying out his new baseball glove (手) in the outhouse's living room (ou3).
"hand" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 64), occurring in 提, 把, 打 etc

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a toy claw.
to guard / to defend / to keep watch / to abide by the law / to observe (rules or ritual) / nearby / adjoining

= + : Sherlock Holmes just graduated from police school and stands guard in the outhouse. Still wearing his graduation cap and carrying a huge shield, he's protecting the outhouse's art. The visitors are a bit afraid of him, so he thumbs up to show them that there's no danger from him.
bow of a ship
variant of 手[shou3] in 扒手[pa2 shou3]