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Created by Nicolay Shinkin: Feb 14, 2017 2 replies
Decomposition of the Chinese Characters. What is It?

Different Chinese language teachers name decomposition of the Chinese characters in different ways. The synonymic names are: Structural analysis of the Chinese characters, Breakdown of the Chinese characters, etc.

The essence of these terms is the same: analysis. The Chinese language is a very analytical language and the Chinese characters are learned and memorized only by means of analysis. Try to analyze the Chinese character 什 shén ‘what’ and you will see how simple it is for memorizing!

Decomposition of the Chinese character 什 shén ‘what’

亻 rén man
十 shí ten
一 yī one
丨 gǔn line

亻十一丨

NB. Synonyms: Structural analysis of the Chinese characters, Breakdown of the C

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Dr. Turnoi Turjakuunnen: Feb, 18, 17
Well, the decomosition of these Chinese characters is correct. However, you have taken the simplified character forms. To really decompose and get to the etymological meaning of these characters, you will need to do the same for its original traditional forms. Here they are:

什麼
Nicolay Shinkin: Feb, 18, 17
Both Chinese simplified and traditional characters are decomposed based on the same principle - 'from larger to smaller'.

No matter how many strokes in the Chinese character, it will always be decomposed the same way. What is very important is to help learners to master the Chinese language with less efforts.

Decomposition of the Chinese Character 班 bān ‘team’

王 wáng king
一 yī one
土 tǔ earth
十 shí ten
一 yī one
丨 gǔn line
一 yī one
リ dāo knife

王一土十一丨一リ王