Pinyin "zhang4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "zhang4" is split up into two parts: "zh" and "ang4". 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 "ang4"

In the anglepod's bathroom.

Characters pronounced zhang4

measure of length, ten Chinese feet (3.3 m) / to measure / husband / polite appellation for an older male

= + : Mnemonic symbol: ten feet are about 3 meters, so let's say Bigfoot. Nice side effect: that way it's easier to remember 丈夫 = husband (if your husband looks like Bigfoot). The ten feet tall Bigfoot (丈) just left the anglepod's bathroom (ang4), and he left something that looks like a big flute (一). James II of England (zh) needs to move it out of the way, but he'll touch it only with pliers (丈).
to swell / to distend

= + : James II of England (zh) accidentally poured a bottle of water (氵) over his spreadsheet (张) in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4) and now it is swelling (涨) to an impressive size.
to block / to hinder / to obstruct

= + : The pope (阝) wants to hinder (障) the people to live their lives, but James II of England (zh) builds a barrier (障) made of section signs (章) in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4) and hinders (障) the pope to exit the room, thereby saving the people.
account / bill / debt / CL:本[ben3],筆|笔[bi3]

= + : The crab (贝) opened a bank account (账) at the James II of England's (zh) bank in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4), but the crab soon owns a lot of money to James II of England. One day James II of England has enough and confiscates the crab's longboard (长) to cover the debt.
a staff / a rod / cane / walking stick / to flog with a stick (old)

= + : James II of England (zh) put a walking stick (杖) as a present for Bigfoot (丈) under the Christmas tree (木) in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4), but Bigfoot thinks the whole Christmas tree is supposed to be his walking stick, breaks of the branches and just uses the trunk of the tree as his new cane (杖).
covering veil / canopy / screen / tent / variant of 賬|账[zhang4]

= + : When James II of England (zh) is done with longboarding, he stores his longboard (长) under a towel (巾) and goes to sleep in a tent (帐) in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4).
weaponry / to hold (a weapon) / to wield / to rely on / to depend on / war / battle

= + : It's dog eat dog in the anglepod's bathroom (ang4). James II of England (zh), Rosa Luxemburg (亻) and Bigfoot (丈) are all getting ready for the big war (仗) between them, where they will fight to death for the title "Master of the Universe".
dropsical / swollen / to swell / to be bloated

= + : James II of England (zh) bumps into the moon (月) riding his longboard (长) through the anglepod's bathroom (ang4) and instantly his head starts swelling (胀).
cliff / range of peaks
malaria / miasma
hanging scroll
cataract in the eye
decameter (old)