Friday, September 11, 2009

Japanese Mnemonic to memorize the first 20 Elements

すいへいりーべぼくのふね。ななまがるシップスクラークか。
Suihei riibe boku no fune. 
Nanamagaru shippusu kuraaku ka?

This special mnemonic is used by the Japanese to remember
the first 20 elements, in order.  Continue reading for a mapping and a brief explanation where the
reason might not be immediately understood.

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rii


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be











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がる



valign="top" width="479">Phosphorous (Also called “Rin” in Japanese.)
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Cl

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Sui


H

へい

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hei

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Helium

りー


Li

Lithium


Be

Beryllium

bo

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B

Boron

ku

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C

Carbon

no

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N

Nitrogen

-

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O

Oxygen

fu

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F

Fluorine
(Also “Fusso” in Japanese.)
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ne


Ne

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nana


Na


ma

Mg


Magnesium

garu

Al


Aluminum (Remove the g for Mg, and you have “Aru” or “Al.”)

shi

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Si

Silicon
(Also called “Keiso” in Japanese.)
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pu


P

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su

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Sulfur (Also called “Iou” in
Japanese.)


ku

Chlorine
(Also called “Enso” in Japanese.)
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raa


Ar


ku

K


Potassium (“Kalium” in Latin)

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ka

align="center">Ca

Calcium

So there you have it.  A fun little mnemonic that might help
you learn both Chemistry and Japanese!  Oh, and here is a nice Anime ED video to go along with it
(Pronunciation guide? ;D)

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