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Occasionally I invent my own stories to remember Chinese characters (汉字).
经 验 - jīng yàn - (and can add a 的 de on the end to make experienced adjective).
Start with second character, 验.
The left half of the character is 马 mă which means horse.
The top right of the character 验 reminds me of a horse saddle and underneath that is grass & shit.
And you have to be experienced to ride a horse right?
Before you ride a horse, you have to get on it. And that can be a lot of work.
so looking at first character 经
The bottom right is 工 gōng which means work.
The left half of the character is legs and arms, stepping up (see photo).
Top right is straddling after using 工 to step up onto the 马 horse.
Voila 经验 - jīng yàn - experience.
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