Pinyin "zha4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "zha4" is split up into two parts: "zh" 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 "zh"

Zh is for James II of England (詹姆斯二世, zhān​mǔ​sī èr​shì).

Mnemonics for Pinyin final "a4"

In the ashram's bathroom.

Characters pronounced zha4

at first / suddenly / abruptly / to spread / (of hair) to stand on end / bristling

Mnemonic symbol: a Mohawk haircut. It fits the hair "to stand on end" and the character itself looks like a head with a Mohawk haircut facing towards the left.

James II of England (zh) tries out a Mohawk haircut (乍) in the ashram's bathroom (a4).
to burst / to explode / to blow up / (fig.) to fly into a rage

= + : As James II of England (zh) runs into the ashram's bathroom (a4) with his Mohawk (乍) on fire (火) the whole building explodes (炸) since there was a lot of methane from the previous user in the bathroom.
to cheat / to swindle / to pretend / to feign / to draw sb out / to try to extract information by deceit or bluff

= + : As James II of England (zh) is using the ashram's bathroom (a4) he studies an advertising column (讠) next to him which urges him to get a Mohawk haircut (乍). After a while he realizes it is just a scheme to deceive (诈) him into giving up his hair so that they can get is DNA.
variant of 榨[zha4] / to press / to extract (juice)
to press / to extract (juice) / device for extracting juice, oils etc

= + : James II of England (zh) wants to make his own essential oil (榨), so he presses (榨) a Christmas tree (木) through a narrow slit (窄) in the ashram's bathroom (a4).
see 叱咤[chi4 zha4]
variant of 咤[zha4]
fence / also pr. [shan1]
loud noise / shout / suddenly

= + : James II of England (zh) is just about to bite a mandarin (口) in the ashram's bathroom (a4) when the mandarin suddenly (咋) shouts (咋) at James, causing his hair to stand on end (乍) like as if he had a Mohawk haircut (乍).
to open / to spread
(used in place names)
name of a river
press for extracting wine