Try writing it down. Don’t go back and look again. Now look at the following slide. It is the same character but this time the parts, which are called components, are labeled. Look at the labeled components, then look at it as a whole character again.
illness heart horn hand city ， state yin3 - addiction
Try writing it again without looking back to check! Was it easier this time? Why? Probably because you saw it as components put together, rather than a bunch of black lines. That character means ‘addiction’ and you can see that one of the components means illness. This shows you that the components can help you to figure out the meaning of characters – although this doesn’t always work!
On this slide and the next one are some of the most common COMPOUND (made up of more than one part) characters. All of the components for these characters are in your grid. What are the components in these characters? How might the meanings of the components help you to remember the meaning of the whole character? Maybe try making up a little story to help you remember. Write down some answers and then show me what you’ve come up with.