Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 北


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Meaning

north

Pronunciation

běi

Explanation

Mnemonic

Two persons , sit back-to-back, because they feel cold: in the north.

Radicals

north(Two persons sit back-to-back, because they feel cold in the north.)
bed(Simplification of fragment: 爿 which shows a tree split lengthwise. ( is the other half) - Not at least because of its use with these characters 寐,寝 for 'sleep', it got the meaning of "bed".)
spoon, ladle(In the explanation this radical is also used as a sitting person.)

Vocabulary

北方 běi fāng north; the northern part a country; China north of the Yellow River
淮北 Huái běi Huaibei prefecture level city in Anhui
北冰洋 Běi bīng yáng Arctic ocean
以北 yǐ běi to the north of (suffix)
北宋 Běi Sòng the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127)
华北 Huá běi North China
北洋 běi yáng the Qing Dynasty name for the coastal provinces of Liaoning, Hebei, and Shandong
北部 běi bù northern part; Tonkin (region in Vietnam)

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