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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