Mnemonic suggestions

Apologies if I missed it but is there a central thread where we can make suggestions for (hopefully!) improvements to, or questions about, the mnemonics ?

I just have two so far:

1 For the “rack” mnemonic, the description says “This component depicts a 用 rack of shelves that one can put things on. Towards the bottom are the feet of the 用 rack, while the middle horizontal lines represent the individual shelves.”. I’ve added it myself as a synonym but was wondering whether it would be helpful to add it for everyone - “shelves”? Perhaps it’s a US/UK thing but I’d talk about putting up shelves but never about putting up a rack.

2 For the pawnshop (-an), the description says “The pronunciation of the “awn” in the word “pawn” is quite similar to this final” which I don’t follow. I pronounce “pawn” the same as “porn” (so I don’t see how it’s similar to how -an sounds in Pinyin) but again perhaps this is a US/UK thing. I fixed it in my mind (hopefully) by imagining a pawnshop in a run down part of town with a beggar (pANhandler) outside.


Yeah we can add shelves as a synonym. I’ll look into adding it this week.

For “pawnshop”, it is a US/UK thing. PAWNSHOP | English meaning - Cambridge Dictionary (they have audio for both). Maybe I can add a note that it we are referring to the US pronunciation.

Thanks for the feedback!

SHARED MNEMONICS: Someone made a comment (but where that was, I can’t find it) that it would be nice to be able to tap into other people’s mnemonic notes. I agree that it would be nice to have that feature, but also with an option to opt out/ opt in for others to be able to see your personal set. Or even an opt in/out button per item? There are some pretty brilliant minds out there, some of whom wouldn’t mind sharing their treasures.


I wouldn’t mind contributing to the mnemonics myself; as long as they follow your “modified Marilyn” system and aren’t too tasteless, I’m sure that at least some of my ideas will help. For example, this is my rewrite for 准 (“standard”) –

George Costanza :ear: is in the basement :three: of the infirmary :ear:, where a deep freeze contains a turkey :pen: packed in ice :pen:. He removes the frozen bird to bring it upstairs to the infirmary’s cook; turkey is a standard :open_book: Thanksgiving meal for the patients.

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Thanks for the contribution!

Unfortunately right now we aren’t accepting contributions. However! We hope to come up with a more structured solution to this general problem of “wanting to share/improve mnemonics” within the next half-year. Whether that is the form of a forum thread for each item where people can discuss it, a feedback box for each item where people can submit suggestions/improvements, an integrated sharing system (less likely), or a better notes experience that makes adding personal mnemonics more smooth.

The old memrize had this function. Below a word was a box with arrows to left or right where shared mnemonics were. You could check through them and pick the one you like most which then also got up voted. If you didn’t like any of the mnemonics you could write a new one that gets added. The one you pick is the one that shows up when you check on the word. This way when a word has a couple of good alternatives users would probably stop adding their own mnemonics. The speed at which new words could be added could also significantly increased.