Thursday, December 02, 2010

Czech verses to memorize the periodic table

I wonder whether the English counterparts of the verses below exist. But we have a whole sophisticated system to remember the whole periodic table.

Translations of the Czech verses into English are attached. Unfortunately, they are not excessively useful to memorize the elements unless you know the Czech language. But I hope that some readers will appreciate how realistic and witty the little stories are.

Truth to be told, the Czech users also need to know a couple of English and German words - including "because", "air", and "lehrer" - to fully appreciate the product. :-)


H Li Na K Rb Cs Fr

Helenku líbal na kolínku robustní cestář Frantík.
Helene was being kissed on her knee by the robust road-mender Francis.

Be Mg Ca Sr Ba Ra

Běžela Magda canyonem, srážela banány rádiem.
Magdalene was running through the canyon, she was knocking the bananas by her radio.

B Al Ga In Tl

(Doesn't need any Czech language.)
Bulgaria International.

C Si Ge Sn Pb

Co si, Gertrudo, snědla? Olovo.
What did you eat, Gertruda? Lead.

N P As Sb Bi

Náš pes asi sbaštil bizona.
Our dog has probably devoured a bison.

O S Se Te Po

Ó, slečno, sejměte tenkou ponožku (či podprsenku).
Oh, madam, remove your thin sock (or bra).

F Cl Br I At

Fluor, chlor, bróm, iod, astat
(No specific poems, easy to remember.)

He Ne Ar Kr Xe Rn

Helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, radon
(No specific poems, easy to remember.)

Rows of transition metals

Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn

Scandovali ti Václavové, ceří mnohé federální comitety ničemných čumilů zničili.
Shouting were those Václavs who have destroyed many federal committees of contemptible rubbernecks. (L.M., November 1989)

Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd

Yvona zradila nebeské mocnosti, ty co ruskou rudou hvězdou podráždily agresivního diplomata.
Yvonne has betrayed the celestial powers that have irritated an aggressive diplomat (CD) by a Russian red star. (L.M., November 1989)

La (...) Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg

Láskyplyně hafali takoví welcí rekové, oslňujíc irské ptáky auhgenoty.
Lovingly barking were such big Reks (Rek is the most characteristic name for a dog), dazzling Irish birds and Hugenots (with a permutation of four letters).


Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu

Celá Praha nadšeně pomohla smutnému Eulenšpíglovi, když ten blbec dýchal horký ér, tímto: ýbla lůžkem.
The whole city of Prague has happily helped the sad Eulenspiegel when the idiot was breathing hot air, by this: they moved his bed. (L.M., November 1989)


Th Pa U Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr

Tohle, pane, umím napsat půlkou amerického computeru, bekause californské a estonské firmy modelují nové lehrery.
Sir, I can write this with one half of an American computer because Californian and Estonian firms are modeling new lehrers (teachers). (L.M., November 1989)

Modern superheavy elements

Rf Db Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Uut Uuq Uup Uuh Uus Uuo

(No poems are available at this moment.)

The quality is guaranteed, I've remembered the poems for more than 20 years.

If you can fill gap in the English culture, you will surely offer your verses in the comments. ;-)

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