なか - naka, うち - uchi, あたる - ataru
The arrow hit the target right in the center, it’s pretty easy to remember this kanji 中. In the past the middle box part of the kanji was interpreted as a drum. The long lines is a the flagpole. This drum with a flagpole was used to gather people and to detect the direction of the wind.
ちい.さい - chisai, こ - ko, さ-sa
When you get a really small portion of food, it makes you sad, the mnemonic for the kanji 小 (small) is that sad face.
ひ - hi, び - bi, ほ - ho
The kanji 火 is pretty easy to memorise, it’s basically a pictogram of a fire. Remember the bonfire you light on camps, the small flickers of fire flickering, that’s the kanji 火!
High, tall, expensive
たかい - takai, たか - taka, た - ta
The kanji 高 looks like a tall pagoda building. However you can also memorise it an item placed on a high shelf on top of a table. You need to be really tall to be able to pick it up 😉
Before, in front of
Lo and behold, there is a cute girl before me!
The original kanji was 歬 which was a compound of 止 and 舟 which means “a foot on a boat”.
Once in a year people enjoy the bountiful harvest and that’s the inspiration of the kanji 年. In the past the characterwas originally 秂 which means a person carrying wheat on his back, you can see the word 人 in there. The mnemonic concept is to remember a joyful person carrying lots of harvest once a year during harvest season!
The kanji 休 which means rest is an ideogrammic compound of 人 – man + 木 tree. It’s basically a man resting while leaning against a tree, pretty easy to memorise.