As we studied before, there are four ways in which Chinese characterswere (and still are)created:
1. Pictogramsare characters that depict what they represent. The oldest Chinese characters are pictograms.
2. Indicativesare characters that indicateabstract ideas.
3. Associatives are compound characters that combine indicatives to give a new meaning.
4. Pictophoneticsare also compound characters formed by one component that gives you a hint of the meaningand another that gives you a hint of the pronunciation. Most of Chinese characters are pictophonetics.
Now take a look at the characters below, and then classify them according to the way they were created.
水 山 手 木 女
上 一 中 你 名
字 明 码 和 妈
爸 马 城 饭 物
大 家 友 飞 分
高 狗 好 火 尖
看 烤 吗 男 朋
汽 本 人 日 下
机 田 网 安 想
I am sure that you remember what a radical is...
You don't?! : (
Oh, I'll tell you very quickly:
A radicalis the component that gives you the hint of the meaning of a pictophonetic.
For example, what's the radical of 钟?
Right! It is 钅（金）, because it is the component that tells you that 钟is a metal object. 中 instead, gives you a hint of the pronunciation (zhōng).
Now go ahead and write the radicals of all the pictophonetics from the list above.
OK, one last thing...
Do you remember that some Chinese words are monosyllables and some are disyllables?
Well, why don't you try to form at least 5disyllables with the characters above?