21 December 2011

澳大利亚 àodàlìyà

Inspired by Dear Dim Sum's post about Old Gold Mountain” I started thinking about hanzi for countries and cites. So I had a look at the hanzi for Australia.



Pulling it apart

ào means deep bay / cove / harbor. For a mnemonic I am thinking Botany Bay in Sydney, one of many deep harbours in Australia.
大 means dà big, great, vast, large, high. Second mnemonic the vast Simpson Desert.
lì means gains, advantage, profit, merit. Third mnemonic is that coal (and other raw materials) Australia sells to China for profit.
yà means Asia; second. Final mnemonic is that geographically Australia is part of Asia. 
澳大利亚 àodàlìyà

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