So I like the mnemonics in here, but I often like to expand them to reinforce the words. Here are some examples, and how they play in my mind.
自 - self (じ)
"When we need to remember じ we use the word “Jesus.”
Who said you should always look at your self before tossing stones (or whatever) at others? Jesus (じ) did. So, make sure you look at your own self before being a jerk."
I imagine myself throwing the stone, but then notice Jesus looking behind me with a disapproving look. So, instead, I throw the stone at myself as penance, dropping to the ground.
近い - close (ちかい)
“You have to remember the ちか portion to be able to read this word. Imagine someone close to you… Too close. They are so close to you that they’re touching their cheek (ちか) to your cheek. Feel the cheek on yours, it’s getting awkward.”
I imagine that this guy is wrestler Scott Hall, talking about all the chicas he’s been with. You can smell the Cuban rum in his breath too. (Hey, we have Hard Gay, might as well throw the original Razor Ramon in there too.)
麦 - wheat (むぎ)
"You found your wheat. Thank God. You’ll survive. You have to take the wheat back to your house, though. On your way, you get mugged (むぎ).
Imagine the disappointment. You go from finding life to losing it all… now you have no hope for the winter Also, keep in mind that むぎ and mug aren’t super-alike, so you’ll have to use it to get close enough to remember the actual reading, むぎ."
To make the reading closer I imagine that I am getting mugged by a Moogle (from Final Fantasy).
理 - reason (り)
You don’t have reason without re (り).
This mnemonic is pretty weak so I nabbed the Reese’s Pieces mnemonic from other kanji. Since the mnemonic is about a king, I imagine his subjects showering them with Reese’s pieces. He also feeds them to his sunflower, so it will grow bigger.
What have you guys done with the mnemonics in here?