亻Mad Libs

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mentor

=

亻 + 尃fū
persona + thumb prick
Character Notes

Mr. Fu has been my mentor at the lab, teaching me how to efficiently administer the thumb pricks before patients have time to think about it.

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qiáo
live abroad

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亻 + 乔qiáo
persona + pretend
Character Notes

Your persona pretends to live abroad, but really...

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tōu
steal

=

亻 + 俞
persona + slaughterhouse
Character Notes

Your persona steals from the slaughterhouse.

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pèi
wear at the waist

=

亻 + 几 + 一 + 巾
persona + wind + one + towel
Character Notes

Picture your persona only wearing towel around his/her waist. The wind is going to be a problem.

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é
Russia

=

亻 + 我
persona + I/me
Character Notes

What is your persona's connection to Russia?

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qīn
invade

=

亻 + (彐宀又)jìn
persona + Amelia Bedelia
Character Notes

your persona and Amelia Bedelia invade the house party, brooms in hand

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bend over

=

亻 + 犬
persona + small dog
Character Notes

your persona bends over to pet the Pekingese

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假 jiǎ

jiǎ
fake

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亻 + 叚jiǎ
persona + copycat
Character Notes

picture your persona buying fakes on vacation

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custom

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亻 + 谷gǔ
persona + valley
Character Notes

Your persona as a "valley girl" with unique customs.

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rén
*persona

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person modified
Character Notes

“人字旁” or “单人旁” This is one of the most common components in Chinese characters, so you need to choose a very uncommon person to be the "persona" in these character stories--a funny uncle, a favorite teacher, etc.--make sure it is someone that you know well who has a very colorful personality.

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xìn
faith

=

亻 + 言
persona + speech
Character Notes

you have faith in your persona’s speech

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huà
transform

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亻 + 匕
persona + person sitting
Character Notes

standing person transforms into a sitting person, maybe in a magic show, *stroke crosses through

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jǐn
merely

=

亻 + 又
persona + right hand
Character Notes

your persona merely has to raise her right hand and everyone knows it will get done

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depend on

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亻 + 衣yī
persona + clothing
Character Notes

What does your persona depend on for her clothing?

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亿

one hundred million

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亻 + 乙yǐ
persona + fishing
Character Notes

over-harvesting the oceans OR your persona wins the lottery and goes fishing

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example

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亻 + 列liè
persona + line up
Character Notes

Your persona makes an example of herself by facing the zombies that have lined up with swords.

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dài
substitute for

=

亻 + 弋
persona + pistol
Character Notes

An important persona in a duel is the “second”, someone sent as a substitute for offended parties, whose primary role was to settle the dispute without violence.

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便

biàn
convenient

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亻 + 更
persona + even more
Character Notes

your persona will buy even more if it’s convenient or cheap (便宜piányi)

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Queen Elizabeth

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亻 + 尹yǐn
persona + overseer/mop
Character Notes

you persona plays Queen Elizabeth the overseer, wears a mop wig

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chǔ
put in storage

=

亻 + 诸zhū
persona + various
Character Notes

your persona puts various things in storage like a microphone and some Wild West hero novels

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xiān
immortal [n.]

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亻 + 山shān
persona + mountain
Character Notes

the immortals live in the mountains (like Olympus)

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xiá
chivalrous person

=

亻 + 夹jiā
persona + press from both sides
Character Notes

your persona becomes a super hero when pressed from both sides and prevailing (you fill in the blanks of the story)

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Confucian

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亻 + 需xū
persona + need
Character Notes

your persona needs a Confucian lesson in obeisance

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zhí
value

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亻 + 直zhí
persona + straight
Character Notes

your persona examines the straightness of the ruler to determine its value

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使

shǐ
use [v.]

=

亻 + 一 + 史shǐ
persona + one + history
Character Notes

your persona only uses one version of history

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dào
upside down

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亻+ 到dào
persona + arrive
Character Notes

your persona arrives upside down

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bàn
partner

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亻 + 半bàn
persona + half
Character Notes

your persona's other half is her partner

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low

=

亻 + 氐dī
persona + name card
Character Notes

your persona throws away her name cards at a low point (after losing her job)

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xiàng
likeness

=

亻 + 象xiàng
persona + elephant
Character Notes

your persona dressed like an elephant

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jiàn
healthy

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亻 + 建jiàn
persona + build
Character Notes

persona builds muscle to stay healthy

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tíng
halt [v.]

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亻 + 亭tíng
persona + pavilion
Character Notes

your persona halts to look at the strange pavilion

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shēn
extend

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亻 + 申shēn
persona + beet
Character Notes

your persona extends you a beet OR expresses/extends an invitation to the beet festival

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bow one’s head

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亻 + 府fǔ
persona + government office
Character Notes

your persona bows her head at the government office to get her paycheck/tax rebate

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rén
benevolence

=

亻rén + 二
persona + two
Character Notes

your persona’s benevolence goes both ways (people give to her, she gives to others)

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zhàng
battle [n.]

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亻 + 丈zhàng
persona + one’s elder
Character Notes

your persona battling with her elders

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associate [n.]

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亻 + 吕lǚ
persona + spine
Character Notes

your persona's associate is a spine doctor

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réng
still [adv.]

=

亻 + 乃
persona + fist
Character Notes

your persona is still upset about something, pounding her fist

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similar

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亻 + 以
persona + by means of
Character Notes

you use similar means to persona in what way?

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jiè
borrow

=

亻 + 昔
persona + times past
Character Notes

Is your persona someone you could count on in times past for borrowing/loaning?

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body

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亻 + 本
persona + notebook
Character Notes

your persona carrying their anatomy notebook OR your persona posing for an artist’s sketchbook

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假 jià

jià
vacation [n.]

=

亻 + 叚jiǎ
persona + copycat
Character Notes

picture your persona buying fakes on vacation

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gōng
supply [n./v.]

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亻 + 共gòng
persona + together
Character Notes

your persona supplies the ___ in her together forever relationship

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jià
price

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亻 + 介jiè
persona + introduce
Character Notes

your persona introduced you to a special price on something

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fèn
portion

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亻 + 分fēn
persona + part
Character Notes

your persona portions out the parts

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ào
haughty

=

亻 + 敖áo
persona + playboy
Character Notes

a haughty playboy who cares for no one but himself

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wěi
great

=

亻 + 韦wéi
persona + tanned hide
Character Notes

your persona’s godson “David the Great” is a tanner OR David becomes great when he tans Goliath's hide.

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yōu
excellent

=

亻 + 尤yóu
persona + Goofy
Character Notes

your persona awards excellence with a Goofy sticker OR your persona achieve excellence as Goofy

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estimate [v.]

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亻 + 古gǔ
persona + ancient
Character Notes

your persona estimates the age of an ancient tombstone and impresses the visiting scholars

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zhù
dwell

=

亻 + 主zhǔ
persona + lord
Character Notes

your persona dwelling with her lord

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liǎ
duo

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亻 + 两liǎng
persona + yoke
Character Notes

your persona yoked with her husband as a duo

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Buddha

=

亻 + 弗fú
persona + dollar sign
Character Notes

your persona spends money on a Buddha

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wěi
bogus

=

亻 + 为wèi
persona + act
Character Notes

your persona sees through the bogus act

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bǎo
safeguard [v.]

=

亻 + 呆
persona + dim-witted
Character Notes

your persona safeguarding the dim-witted

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xiū
rest [v.]

=

亻 + 木
persona + tree
Character Notes

your persona leaning against a tree to rest

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wèi
position [n.]

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亻 + 立
persona + stand up
Character Notes

when a persona of position comes in, you stand up

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jiàn
piece [m.w.]

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亻 + 牛
persona + cow
Character Notes

your persona cut in pieces and a cow cut in pieces

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shén
what

=

亻 + 十shí
persona + ten/needle
Character Notes

What in the world is going on here? (sees persona with needle)

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by chance

=

亻 + 禺yú
persona + beekeeper
Character Notes

by chance your persona meets a beekeeper “oh!”

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yǎng
look up to

=

亻 + 卬áng
persona + collection of originals
Character Notes

You look up to your persona, so you would collect whatever she does.

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dàn
however

=

亻 + 旦dàn
persona + daybreak
Character Notes

your persona planned on getting up at daybreak, however… OR It's Dan at dawn

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zuò
do

=

亻 + 乍zuò
persona + saw
Character Notes

your persona singing "Do as I’m Doing” with a sawing motion

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zuò
make

=

亻 + 故
persona + deliberate
Character Notes

your persona deliberately makes…

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he

=

亻 + 也
persona + scorpion
Character Notes

your persona covered with scorpions

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men
[plural]

=

亻 + 门mén
persona + gate
Character Notes

your persona finds her doppelganger at the gate

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you

=

亻 + 尔
persona + you [literary]
Character Notes

your persona says, “You (little person)! Cover your little mouth.”, 人尔你

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bèi
times

=

亻 + 咅pòu
persona + comedian
Character Notes

How many times has your persona made you laugh?

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whatwhichwhowherewhy?

=

亻 + 可kě
persona + can
Character Notes

Whatwhichwhhowherewhy? Your persona can!

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rèn
appoint

=

亻 + 壬rén
persona + knight
Character Notes

Your persona appoints/is appointed a knight.

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shāng
wound [n.]

=

亻 + 𠂉 + 力
persona + lying down + muscle
Character Notes

your persona lying down to rest her wounded muscle

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meticulous

=

亻 + 子zǐ
persona + child
Character Notes

your persona has a child named Meticulous

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suī
*birdman

=

亻 + 隹zhuī
persona + special bird
Character Notes

Is your persona a birdman? Or dresses as one for Thanksgiving?

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pay [v.]

=

亻 + 寸
persona + thumb
Character Notes

confirm payment with a thumbs up

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chuán
spread [v.]

=

亻 + 专zhuān
persona + specialty/corsage
Character Notes

You! Corsage person! Please spread the corsages around to the men wearing tuxes.

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