Types of Strokes in Chinese Characters

  • This week, we have learnt how to write five Chinese characters. 
  • All Chinese characters are built up from strokes. There are around more than 30 types of strokes altogether, some of which are compound strokes made from basic strokes. 
  • Traditionally, strokes are classified into 8 basic forms, which are 点, 横, 竖, 撇, 捺, 提, 钩, 弯.
  • While the compound strokes comprise more than one movement of the writing instrument, and many of these have no agreed-upon name.
  • For further reading, please refer to wikipedia


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16 thoughts on “Types of Strokes in Chinese Characters”

  1. I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!?

  2. Hi min min It is important to learn these Chinese characters like 点, 横, 竖, 撇, 捺, 提, 钩, 弯. If I learn Chinese and type in English like this that Jinxnao Type ni xiao minmin, ni zuo zher yi ge hen hao de shiqing! Xie Xie ni wei nide yirende wangye… which one Is better for me to learn and also type and write thnxxxx 4 ur support

  3. Hi Min Min!
    I’ve downloaded the hanyu pinyin e-book and want to start learning. I have an adobe XI version so I reckon it should play the audios just fine, but I have issues as it cannot play the audios. Every time I click the audio button, a warning window pops up and says that the required decoder is not installed in the system. I’ve been trying to search high and low for solutions, but it still won’t play.
    Please help?
    Thank you =)

    1. Hi Elina,
      Could you try to Enable Enhanced Security:
      Edit > Preferences > Security(Enhanced) :
      1. Check the Enable Enhanced Security
      2. Add the Pinyin pdf File to Privileged Locations

      Edit > Preferences > Trust Manager
      1. Check Allow opening of non-PDF file …. application.

      Edit > Preferences > Multimedia (Legacy)
      Player options : try different options to see if it can play the sound.

      I am using MP3 as the audio format since the file size is much smaller. However, due to security reasons, Adobe Acrobat X and above had blocked the legacy (mp3) multimedia files.

      Alternatively, you can try Foxit Reader.

      Please let me know if you could play the audios. Thanks.

      1. Thx Min Min,
        I’ve tired all that you’ve mentioned on Adobe, but the audio still does not play. So I’ve downloaded the alternative Foxit Reader instead, and it works! Thank you so much! =)

  4. Dear Min Min,

    Am unable to download ebook as it gives me a message of invalid code. So would appreciate if you send me this book in my email.


  5. Very helpful to start. It helped me to know the basic strokes that join into further words to express ideas in Chinese.
    Thank you

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