A Mnemonic for tones of buy and sell

Remembering which tone was which for the words "buy" & "sell" has always driven me nuts until I started using this mnemonic.


Buy -  - mǎi - third tone, which goes down then up.  To buy something, you have to pick it up.


Sell -  - mài - fourth tone, which just goes down. As a clerk, to sell something, you have to place it down on a shelf/table.


That's it.  Nothing special, but it was the only way I could consistently remember which was which.  (thanks mild dyslexia)


Bonus vocab:

买卖 - mǎi mài - buying & selling, implying generic business (transactions)


And for the second character below, 实 - shí, you can file this under, "really chinese?  you couldn't use a more distinctive character 实 or original pinyin than shi?"

确实 - què shí - indeed, really, true


Do you have any interesting mnemonics you use?


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Comment by Stuffedtuna on July 26, 2011 at 9:44pm
Wow, 凹凸, such characters, if I saw them alone, I would not think that they're characters, they look just like pieces of jigsaw puzzles

Comment by Brandon on April 2, 2011 at 12:29pm
Nice, thanks, I like the characters for 凹凸(āo tū)- I hadn't seen those yet.

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Comment by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2011 at 9:29am

旮旯(ɡā lá), means "nook, corner"

乒乓(pīng pāng), means "Ping-Pong "

凹凸(āo tū), 凹 means "concave ", 凸 means "convex "

凹凸不平, means "bumpy and rough "


     zhè tiáo lù de lù miàn āo tū bù píng.

     The surface of this path is bumpy and rough.

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