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Basic Rules about Chinese Stroke Order (Part One)

The general rule of writing Chinese is to write a character from left to right and from top to bottom. In this lesson we will explain the basic rules of stroke order (笔顺 ) by some examples.

1. Write héng before shù: horizonal stroke before vertical. For example: "十" and "干".

十 (shí, means ten)

干 (gàn, means to do)

2. Write piě before nà: left-falling stroke before right-falling stroke. For examples: "冬" and "文".

冬 (dōng, means, winter)

文 (wén, means script)

3. Write from top to bottom. The upper part of a character usually is written before lower part. For example: "王" and "台".

王 ( wáng, means king)

台 (tái, platform)

4. Write from left to right. For examle: "成" and "木"

成 (chéng, means to become)

木 (mù, means wood)

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