At HanziHero, we believe in learning each item from the bottom up. So we want to first be familiar with the sounds and components within a character before learning the character itself. Similarly, we want to be familiar with all characters within a word before learning the word itself.
This relation of dependency between the various item types can be represented by a simple diagram, shown below.
sounds components \ / \ / characters | | words
As noted in the graph above, sounds and components do not have any dependent items. This is why your first lessons will consist primarily of sounds and components - because they don’t have any dependent items that must be learned first.
All characters have dependent items. Those are the sounds and components it contain.
For example, the character 好 hǎo will have the following dependent items:
All words have dependent items. These are these characters it contains.
For example, the word 你好 nǐhǎo will have the following dependent items: