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Basic Rules about Chinese Stroke Order (Part Two)

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5. "The door is closed last". When a character is enclosed on four sides, writing the inside parts firstly and sealing the horizontal stroke at the bottom at last. it is like after everybody has entered the room, you close the door. For example: "四" and "日".

四 (sì, means four)

日 (rì, means sun)

6. Write the outside before inside. This seems to be contrary to the last rule, but it is not. This rule is applied for those characters which are not enclosed on all sides.

1). When a character is enclosed from the upper side (in different appearances, like upper-left and upper left to right), write the enclosing strokes first and then the inside parts. For example: "月" and "习"

月(yuè, means moon)


习 (xí, means to review after learning)

2). When a character is enclosed from the lower side (like lower left and lower left to right), write the inside parts first and then the enclosing strokes. For example: "进" and "画".

进 (jìn, means to enter)

画 (huà, means picture)


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