First set of 8 building blocks
I call characters like this first set of 8 - ‘building blocks'. They are the fundamental elements that allow you to differentiate more elements in the characters. By learning the building blocks, you can build many new characters and phrases. Master a few building block sets and your Chinese learning will accelerate to a whole new level. If you pay attention to any Chinese literature you come across, you will spot these building blocks again and again.