Are you having this problem?:
When I plug an example character into a program that decomposes into its radicals, all four components seem to be recognized as radicals.
Example: One of the example hanzis for the radical 土 is 地. When this is plugged into a program that decomposes the character into its radicals: 地 => 土 (earth), 乚 (second), ㇆ (N/A), 丨 (line).
We would strongly recommend two things:
- Assign images to radicals that don’t mean anything. For Gabe for example, ㇆ means ‘scissors’
- Constantly create new radicals that are combinations of old radicals. Ideally, you want two images to remember 1 word. So absolutely, 也 should be a new radical.