メイ - mei、 ミョウ - myou
You can see that there is a kuchi (mouth) 口 radical as part of a kanji, so to remember this kanji 名 (name) remember it as a mouth yelling out a name. To further remember the left side radical 夕 , it looks the katakana letter of ダ(Da) hence remember it as someone’s mouth yelling the name “Dave”!
い.る (iru)、 はい.る (hairu)
ニュウ (nyu)、 ジュ (ju)
The kanji 入 means enter. It looks like a flap door where your cat or your dog can enter. When you want to remember the kanji 入, remember it as your cat trying to enter the flap door!
Also notice that the kanji is slightly different from the kanji human. The kanji human 人has shorter right stroke while the kanji 入 enter has shorter left stroke.
よ、 よ.つ、 よっ.つ、 よん
To draw a box you need 4 lines add 2 erasers in the middle and you have the kanji 四 (yon)! In the first version of oracle shell and bone, the character was written just like 一,二,三, where they’re literal representation of the number of the lines. However this later evolved to the combination of 口 (mouth) and 八 (divide) radicals.
The kanji 三(san) still follow the literal pattern of 一 (ichi) and 二(ni). It’s basically 3 lines being stacked on top of each other. To remember this kanji, imagine it as 3 pieces of pencils stacked together.
To remember the kanji 二 (ni), just remember two pencils adjacent to each other. For this kanji, the meaning is still very literal where you literally have 2 stroke of lines to form the kanji 二 (ni).
ひと- hito, ひと.つ - hito-tsu
イチ - ichi, イツ - itsu
The kanji 一 (ichi) is very easy to remember, it looks like a pencil. 1 pencil on the table is 一 (ichi)
before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
さき - saki, ま.ず - mazu
A runner is always running ahead to make sure he can reach the finish line before anyone else. And that’s how you remember the kanji 先 (saki), it’s a looks like a person running towards the goal line.
ヒャク- hyaku, ビャク - byaku
The kanji hyaku (百) has the literal meaning written on the kanji, you don’t believe me? Tilt your head 90° and you’ll see it! This is how you should remember the kanji hyaku (百)!
そと - soto, ほか - hoka
It’s not fun when you’re locked outside especially when it’s in middle of the night and it’s freezing cold. This is how you should remember the kanji 外 – outside.
study, learn, science
The 学 kanji’s basic meaning is studying. If you remember the element of this kanji is the kanji child (子).
To remember the kanji’s mnemonic, imagine the kanji 学 as a picture of a boy sitting on a desk learning. On top of his head there are couple of books on the shelf.