Chinese Writing

Strokes

Learning Objectives


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:


  •  diǎn


  •  héng


  •   shù


  •   gōu


  •   tí


  •   piě


  •   zhé


  •   nà

Learning Video

Additional Notes

Strokes are generally classified into eight basic forms.


1. diǎn, means a simple dot.


2. héng, means a horizontal stroke, written from left to right.


3. shù, means a vertical stroke, written from top to bottom.


4. gōu, looks like a hook, appended to other strokes.


5.  , means a rising stroke, rising from left to right.


6. piě, means a downward stroke, falling from right to left.


7. zhé, means a turn stroke, usually changing stroke direction in certain degrees.


8. , means a downward stroke, falling from left to right.



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