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".
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)