Chinese Writing

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Learning Highlight

  • Start with the foundation of eight basic forms of Chinese strokes.

 

  • Introduce seven rules of Chinese stroke orders.
     

  • Explain the structures of  Chinese characters, including single and compound components.

Strokes

Strokes

Every Chinese character is made up of strokes. It is essential to practice these strokes which help write a Chinese character easier.

Basically, strokes are generally classified into eight basic forms, including
1) diǎn, 2) héng, 3) shù, 4) gōu, 5) tí, 6) piě, 7) zhé and 8) nà.

Stroke Orders

Stroke Orders

Each stroke of a Chinese character is written according to systematic order rules.

The rules not only ensure the Chinese characters are written in correct orders, but also make us easier to write them.

Basically, we have 7 stroke order rules, including
1) First héng last shù
2) First piě last nà
3) From top to bottom
4) From left to right
5) First outside last inside
6) Outside, inside, then enclosed
7) First center, then left, right

Structures

Structures

Structure of Chinese characters can in general be divided into two types, one is the single component and another is the compound.

The Chinese characters which belong to single component type have only one complete and independent component. However, most of the Chinese characters are made up of two or more components.

They belong to the compound component type which has several structural forms for constructing a Chinese character.

Write "你好 nǐ hǎo", Hello

Write "你好 nǐ hǎo", Hello

Write "你好 nǐ hǎo", which means Hello in English.

Write "谢谢 xiè xie", Thank You

Write "谢谢 xiè xie", Thank You

Write "谢谢 xiè xie", which means Thank You in English.

Write "爸爸 bà ba", Father

Write "爸爸 bà ba", Father

Write "爸爸 bà ba", which means a father in English.

Write "妈妈 mā ma", Mother

Write "妈妈 mā ma", Mother

Write "妈妈 mā ma", which means a mother in English.

Write "朋友 péng you", Friend

Write "朋友 péng you", Friend

Write "朋友 péng you", which means a friend in English.

Write "狗  gǒu", Dog

Write "狗 gǒu", Dog

Write "狗 gǒu", which means a dog in English.

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