Pinyin "zhen4"

In MandarinBanana's mnemonic system, the Pinyin syllable "zhen4" is split up into two parts: "zh" and "(e)n4". 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 "(e)n4"

In the encampment's bathroom.

Characters pronounced zhen4

disposition of troops / wave / spate / burst / spell / short period of time / classifier for events or states of short duration

= + : James II of England (zh) and the pope (阝) were supposed to be in the army's very first attack wave (阵) driving a red cabriolet (车), but somehow they got lost and ended up in the encampment's bathroom ((e)n4).
to shake / to vibrate / to jolt / to quake / excited / shocked / one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing thunder / ☳

= + : James II of England (zh) is taking part in a game show. His task is to carry a birthday cake (辰) to the other end of the encampment's bathroom ((e)n4) while it is raining (雨) heavily and an earthquake (震) is shaking (震) James II of England and the cake. James II of England has to take care to cancel out the vibrations caused by the earthquake or his cake will collapse.
to shake / to flap / to vibrate / to resonate / to rise up with spirit / to rouse oneself

= + : James II of England (zh) got a birthday cake (辰) and he wants to find out whether it is made with gelatin or pectin. In the encampment's bathroom ((e)n4) he therefore slaps the cake several times with a toy claw (扌) to make it vibrate, and to determine the gelling agent by the resonance (振) frequency of the cake.
to press down / to calm / to subdue / to suppress / to guard / garrison / small town / to cool or chill (food or drinks)

= + : James II of England (zh) had the replicator (真) create too much food and now he forces (镇) it down the encampment's toilet ((e)n4) using a golden harpoon (钅).
(dialect) drainage ditch between fields (Taiwan pr. [zun4]) / used in place names, notably 深圳[Shen1 zhen4]
I / we (imperial use) / subtle
to provide relief / to aid
variant of 鎮|镇[zhen4] / town
jade weight
legendary bird whose feathers can be used as poison / poisonous / to poison sb
to hit / to thrust
poisonous / to poison