long, senior, superior, leader
なが(い) - nagai, おさ - osa
The original depiction of the kanji 長 is long hair, therefore representing the word long. However the current script doesn’t depict long hair anymore. So to remember this kanji, imagine 長 as a long haired woman wearing a long sleeved kimono flowing down to the back.
ひと - hito, -り -ri , -と -to
ジン - jin, ニン - nin
The kanji 人 is very easy to remember, it’s a man standing on his 2 legs!
あめ - ame, あま - ama, -さめ - same
The mnemonic to remember kanji 雨 is to remember it as a window with rain water falling down. 雨 is actually a pictogram of a cloud with drops of rain falling, but it’s easier to remember it as a window with rain drops!
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Country, state, land
The Kanji country 国 is a combination of the kanji 玉 (king) and 囗. To remember it, remember that in ancient time, the King of the country always lived in a walled city. So the king 玉 resides inside the walled city 囗, which is a country 国.
サン - san, セン - sen
The kanji 山 is a mountain with three peaks. In the oracle bone script, the three lines were drawn as three triangles, however it’s has now been simplified to three connected lines.
River, stream, brook
The three lines of this kanji 川 depicts the stream lines of a river.
A true friend is willing to put himself in danger just to protect you. So is this kanji 友, where 𠂇is protecting 又 character.
The original meaning of this Kanji is 又 this radical means two hands holding together to signify friendship.
Out, exit, leave, come out
で(る) - Deru, -で, だ(す)
シュツ -jutsu, スイ - sui
The original kanji is a compound of 止 (foot) and 凵 (cave), to step out of a cave or to exit. But to remember this kanji 出 easily, imagine a man running away for his life
おお - oo, おお(きい) - ooki
ダイ - dai, タイ - tai
The kanji 大 is basically a large guy stretching his arms wide.
Half, half past
To remember the kanji 半 just remember 3 branches being cut right in half.