How do you think what is more difficult to remember 5 000 or 214?
Funny question, isn’t it?
Certainly, it is easier to remember 214 Chinese radicals than 5 000 Chinese characters!
When you know the Chinese radicals you will be able to decompose or break down each Chinese character. This is how the method of the Chinese character decomposition works.
It takes little time but gives you more advantage in learning the Chinese language.
Beneath is the sample of this genius method:
Decomposition of the Chinese character 千 qiān ‘thousand’:
千 qiān thousand
丿 piě slash
十 shí ten
一 yī one
丨 gǔn line
千 丿 十 一 丨
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