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In the song Gin & Juice, Snoop Dogg (photo, video, lyrics) let loose a famous line of, "with my mind on my money and my money on my mind" and it has somehow stuck to a few Mandarin characters for me. I highly recommend playing the youtube video while reading this post.
The first character is extremely common and it's probably just best to memorize it.
我 - wǒ meaning I, me or my.
I got my mind on my money...
Money is 钱 - qián -
The left half of 钱 qián seems to be associated with thinking or asking, kind of like a person with their head down.
The right side of 钱 qián is similar to right side of 我 wǒ.
Therefore, I am thinking about money half the time or asking for money or I got my mind on my money. You get the idea.
Now of course if you're worried about your money, then you might want to have a drink of, oh I don't know, say some Gin and Juice...? That's not too popular in Shanghai so instead I've learned the characters for a bottle (of) beer 一瓶啤酒 yī píng pí jiŭ.
The left half of 瓶 píng looks like a bottle opener and the word 开 - kāi, which means to start or open.
|The left half of 啤 pí is an open mouth.|
|And the left half of 酒 jiŭ is a 3 line radical for 'water'.|
The rest of jiŭ looks just like 西 - xī which means 'west'. Beer has been more popular in the west so 'open bottle, mouth, western water' = bottle of beer - 瓶啤酒 píng pí jiŭ.
Still with me? Good. If you're like Snoop, a tireless romantic, you'll also want to drink & party, with your, um "guests" who "aint leavin til six in the mornin"...
Stay tuned for part two of this post coming soon -
2 parts, seriously?
I know, I know...
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