Strokes Exercise

A stroke is a movement of a writing instrument where the nib is touching the page.

The Eight Principles of Yong (永字八法 yǒngzì bā fǎ) uses the single character 永, meaning "eternity", to teach eight of the most basic strokes in Regular Script. This one in the diagram is 冰 which means 'ice' :)

There are general guidelines for writing, for example:-

1. Write from top to bottom, and left to right. 三-order.gif
2. Horizontal before vertical 十-order.gif
3. Character-spanning strokes last 聿-order.gif
4. Diagonals right-to-left before diagonals left-to-right 文-order.gif
5. Center before outside in vertically symmetrical characters 水-order.gif
6. Enclosures before contents 回-order.gif
7. Left vertical before enclosing 口-order.gif
8. Bottom enclosures last 道-order.gif
9. Dots and minor strokes last 玉-order.gif

Basic Chinese strokes can be learnt by practicing at your home. The strokes are mainly:-

The dot

Horizontal stroke

vertical stroke

throw stroke

right-falling stroke

rising stroke

turning stroke

hook stroke

In our chinese basic course, you will also get to learn how to write. For more information, email:



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