Hanja characters are written on a square grid. The Han character is also called “square word”. A practice sheet shows how the square is split into 4 quadrants.
The Han character is made in a certain order with various horizontal lines, hooks, vertical lines, and other strokes. There are 8 basic types of strokes.
These strokes have names. Learning what the different strokes are will help when looking at a Hanja character. It is like learning the building block that can be put together in the construction of the picture that is the Han character.
The book “Practice Makes Perfect: Writing Chinese Characters” has a chart of the common vocabulary of strokes. To better understand Hanja characters, I will slowly work on learning the different strokes for making the characters.