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:
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. tí, 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. nà, means a downward stroke, falling from left to right.