Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 呢


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Meaning

End-particle: "What about...?", "And...?", "okay?"

Pronunciation

ne, ní

Explanation

Left: Mouth 口, right: buddhist nun 尼 (buttocks from side 尸, to sit 匕)

Mnemonic

May the mouth of a buddhist nun (talk)? ..and what about?

Radicals

mouth, opening(This is a small square. If it is bigger: 囗, it is an enclosure.)
Buddhist nun((often used in phonetic spellings))
buttocks in side view(This radical has the meaning: corpse 尸. But because of its use in tail 尾 or urine 尿 or flatulence 屁, it is generally considered to mean 'buttocks'.)
spoon, ladle(In the explanation this radical is also used as a sitting person.)

Vocabulary

花呢 huā ní tweed; checkered cloth
软呢 ruǎn ní tweed
着呢 zhe ne comes at the end of the sentence to indicate a strong degree; quite; rather
唵嘛咪叭呢哞 ǎn ma mī ba ní mōu Om Mani Padma Hum (sanskrit), or Om mani padme hum (Tibetan), the Avalokiteshvara mantra

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