A GREAT YEAR
OF THE MONKEY
TO EVERYBODY !

Full access for
US$ 3.99/year

 

 

Writing Chinese

 
4 Memory Aids for Writing Chinese

The following 4 memory aids help you to write Chinese Characters in the right stroke direction and stroke order.

Write:

 1. left to right
example:

一 yī (one)

 

口 kǒu (mouth)

 

说 shuō (to say)

 2. top to bottom
example:

二 èr (two)

 

百 bǎi (hundred)

 

拜 bài (to visit)

 3. horizontal before
     vertical


example:

十 shí (ten)

 
 

草 cǎo (herb)

 
 

春 chūn (spring)

 4. exterior to interior
example:

回 huí (to return)

 

风 fēng (wind)

 

圈 juàn (stable)

Attention to 3 exceptions!

Exception 1: In case of symmetrical diagonals: right-to-left before left-to-right

  example:

 文 wén (culture, literature)

 

 义 yí (justice)

 

Exception 2: Bottom enclosures with a long stroke are often last

  example:

 进 jìn (to enter)

 

 建 jiàn (to construct)

 

 函 hán (envelope)

Exception 3: Inside (center) before outside in vertically symmetrical characters

  example:

 兜 dōu (helmet)

 

 承 chéng (to inherit)

 

The Main Strokes of a Chinese Character - A Small Spot on History

The 8 Principles of yǒng 永

A famous female calligrapher of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (265-420 A.D.), Lady Wei Shuo (衛鑠), indicated, that the most frequent 8 strokes of Chinese characters can all be found in the character yǒng 永 (which means "eternal" or "permanence").

It was believed that the frequent practice of these principles as a beginner calligrapher could ensure beauty in one's writing.

 

© Mandarin Strokes