Each sign generally has two components: a graphic component (which represent a man, woman, tree etc.) and a phonetic component, which gives some idea of the pronunciation. From learning a Western language learning Chinese writing is quite different.You need to know a whole yourvirtualpresence series of sounds to learn a Western language like English. If you take an English word apart separating it into its many phonetic syllables, it would lose its meaning altogether. In learning Chinese writing.