Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 吧


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Meaning

modal particle for polite suggestion ...right?, ...OK?

Pronunciation

bā, ba

Explanation

Left: mouth 口 right: hope 巴 (Behind the doorknob 巴 you may hope.)

Mnemonic

If my mouth (my speech) is hoping for something, this is a polite suggestion.

Radicals

mouth, opening(This is a small square. If it is bigger: 囗, it is an enclosure.)
to hope, long for(Actually a slumped person 把 is shown. But the explanations use it as "doorhandle". This understanding is based on the character: 把 (bǎ, bà), which is in combination of a hand 扌 and means: doorknob.)

Vocabulary

酒吧 jiǔ bā bar; pub; saloon
这样吧 zhè yàng ba Let's do it like this.
迪斯科吧 dí sī kē bā discotheque

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