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CHINESE BLOCKBUSTER BOOK 1

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47 DEFINITION Month;

47 DEFINITION Month; moon. PRONUNCIATION yuè 月 MNEMONICS SOUND WORD Feuillu-e /fœjy/: French word for ‘leafy, deciduous.’ Just add an extra French ‘e’ sound (ə) in your mind at the end of the sound word. (See ‘Special sound mnemonics,’ page 115) • This is a stylized pictogram of the crescent moon, which has evolved from its ancient form: . • It is also written when used as a building block. STORY “Look at the spring moon. By the end of the month, all the leaves should have grown back and the tree in our backyard will be feuillu-e again!” EXAMPLES 月 亮 (yuè liàng) Moon. 二 月 (èr yuè) February. 上 个 月 (shàng ge yuè) Last month. WANT A LITTLE MORE? • This is the 74th of the 214 Kangxi radicals. • Usage frequency: Top 500. 72 七 十 二

48 DEFINITION Meat, flesh, muscle. PRONUNCIATION ròu 肉 SOUND WORD Death row MNEMONICS COMPONENTS 冂 CAGE 12 LONG COVER + 2 x 人 PERSON 23 • Body part. The original meaning is extended to body part for more colorful stories… • When you’re on death row, you’re dead meat… • The character can also be seen as a rib CAGE. • It is often written exactly like the MOON 47 character, 月 or , when used as a building block. STORY Flash news: “The two PERSONS on death row escaped from their ‘CAGES’ and ran into the jungle, but they finished as dead meat inside the rib CAGE of a tiger…” EXAMPLES 鸡 肉 (jī ròu) Chicken meat. 肌 肉 (jī ròu) Muscle. WANT A LITTLE MORE? • This is the 130th of the 214 Kangxi radicals. • Usage frequency: Top third. 七 十 三 73

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