Why are some radicals composed of other radicals?


#1

Hello!
I was just wondering why some radicals were still made of other radicals. I mean, we could directly learn these radicals as kanjis (because most of the time, there is a kanji that looks like the radical, and means something similar).
Thank you!
Marie


#2

It’s more efficient to have some overlap than to build every kanji out of the smallest possible radicals.

Do you have a specific example in mind?


#3

Okay, I understand!
Yes, for instance the radical and the kanji 牛 mean the exact same thing and are built from two other radicals (the gun and the cross).


#4

Well, that radical is going to be used again in all of these kanji.

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As you can see, some of them have many parts. WK will never force you to use more than 4 radicals to remember a kanji, so occasionally the parts get combined together into bigger radicals to make the mnemonics easier.


#5

Crystal clear, thank you very much!
Have a good day! :slight_smile: