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I call characters like this first set of 8 - ‘building blocks'. They are the fundamental elements that allow you to differentiate more elements ...

This building block looks like a person waving both arms, as if she or he were frantically yelling: “Help, help, I’m on fire!”. Originally, ...

口 is one of the first Chinese characters a student will learn. Not only is it extremely easy to write and remember, it’s a ...

This is a great building block to learn because it’s just so easy to recognise, even when surrounded by other characters. In ancient Chinese ...

This common building block character originally represented a tree (obviously!) with both branches and roots. In the modern form of the character that you ...

日 The current version of this ancient building block is quite interesting. It looks just like a window, which is quite handy for us ...