Pinyin "xia4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "xia4" is split up into two parts: "xi" and "a4". You can visit the Pinyin index to see how other Pinyin syllables are split up into initials and finals.

Mnemonics for Pinyin initial "xi"

Xi is for Marie Curie.
Alternative mnemonic for xi: Xi Shi (西施), one of the renowned Four Beauties of ancient China.

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "a4"

In the ashram's bathroom.

Characters pronounced xia4

down / downwards / below / lower / later / next (week etc) / second (of two parts) / to decline / to go down / to arrive at (a decision, conclusion etc) / measure word to show the frequency of an action

= + : Mnemonic symbol: from the up/down logic, and a little bit the shape of the character, a ladder.

Xi Shi (xi) is on a retreat in the ashram. Using a voodoo staff (卜), she divined that next (下) week she'll have to play the flute (一) sixteen hours per day. Because she hates playing the flute, she climbs over the ashram's bathroom (a4) wall using a ladder (下) to escape.
old variant of 下[xia4]

= + : Mnemonic symbol from the shape which looks like a T: a T-bone steak.

Xi Shi (xi) is secretly eating a steak (丅) in the ashram's bathroom (a4). She uses two flutes (一) as chopsticks and even devours the steak's bones (丨).
the Xia or Hsia dynasty c. 2000 BC / Xia of the Sixteen Kingdoms (407-432) / surname Xia

= 𦣻 + : Mnemonic symbol: a sherpa, 夏尔巴人.

Marie Curie (xi) gives a sherpa (夏) 100 bucks (𦣻) to play a summer song on his flute (𦣻) and dance on high heels (夂) in the ashram's bathroom (a4).
summer

= 𦣻 + : Mnemonic symbol: a sherpa, 夏尔巴人.

Marie Curie (xi) gives a sherpa (夏) 100 bucks (𦣻) to play a summer song on his flute (𦣻) and dance on high heels (夂) in the ashram's bathroom (a4).
to frighten / to scare

= + : Marie Curie (xi) climbed a ladder (下) to reach a mandarin (口) which is stored on a very high shelf in the ashram's bathroom (a4), but half way up she remembers that she is terribly afraid of heights and is scared to death (吓).
abbr. for Xiamen or Amoy 廈門|厦门[Xia4 men2], Fujian
crack / grudge
old variant of 夏[xia4]