Kids Chinese Podcast: Newsletter No.2
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How to write Chinese characters - Strokes Types
Chinese Characters are the founding blocks of Chinese language; they form Chinese words, phrases, and sentences. Radicals are the component of Chinese characters while strokes are the basic elements of radicals.
A stroke is a single brush of pen on the paper. All Chinese characters are made of one or more strokes. Every stroke should be written in a specific way, called stroke order.
Strokes are traditionally categorized into five basic forms, we list them as the following.
1. ”丶“：点 "dian"
太 寸 江 河 永
2. ” 一“ ：横 "heng"
一 二 大 干 永
3. “丨”：竖 "shu"
十 干 木 王 永
4. “丿”： 撇 "pie"
人 儿 女 木 永
5.捺 "na" (Sorry, I can not input "na" from PC. The right part of "八" is "na"; the left part is "pie")
八 人 大 天 木
These basic strokes are usually combined to form different Chinese characters.
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