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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.

Stroke Types
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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2 Responses to “How to Write Chinese Characters – Strokes Types”

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