How to write Chinese words
The biggest majority of Chinese characters are in the shape of a square. They are made up of strokes. In order to write Chinese words, the first thing you shall know is the strokes of Chinese characters and how to call them in Chinese.
Basic Chinese Writing Stokes
|Stroke||Names||Way of Writing||Example|
|横 [heng] Horizonal Stroke||Horizontally from left to right||三 three|
|竖 [shu] Vertical Stroke||Vertically from top to bottom||十 ten|
|撇 [pie] Left-falling Stroke||Softly from top to lower left||八 eight|
|捺 [na] Right-falling Stroke||Softly from top to lower right||人 human|
|点 [dian] Dot Stroke||Dot to lower right||太[tài] far too|
|提 [ti] Rising Stroke||Dot from bottom left to top right||习[xí] practice|
Strokes that are attached to other strokes are called dependent strokes. They include Turning Strokes and Hook Strokes.
|Turning Strokes||横折 [héng zhé] Horizontal Turning Stroke||五 five|
|竖折 [shù zhé] Vertical Turning Stroke||山 [mountain|
|撇折 [piě zhé] Left-falling Turning Stroke||云[yún] cloud|
|Hook Strokes||竖钩 [shù gōu] Vertical Hook Stroke||小 small|
|横钩 [héng gōu] Horizontal Hook Stroke||买 [mǎi] buy|
|斜钩 [xié gōu] Slanting Hook Stroke||划[huá] scratch, paddle|
|弯钩 [wān gōu] Curved Hook Stroke||家[jiā] home|
|卧钩 [wò gōu] Lying Hook Stroke||心[xīn] heart|
The above-mentioned are just essential basic strokes. More complicated ones have been left out for this information page.
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