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Writing Chinese Characters Strokes Chinese characters are combinations of one or more individual stokes. Stokes can be divided into basic strokes, transformed strokes, combined strokes and complex strokes. The shape of a stroke can be slightly different in different characters. The most common strokes, together with some characters in which the strokes are used are given below.

Name of the stroke

Unicode Acronym

Code

Description Written from left to right; the length of

Horizontal stroke

H

31D0

the stroke depends on the character in which it is used. 一

one

èr

two

sān

three

Written from top to bottom; the length of Vertical stroke

S

31D1

the stroke depends on the character in which it is used.

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shí

ten

earth

shàng

above

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Written diagonally from top to lower left; Left falling

P

31D2

the slope depends on the character in which it is used. 人

rén

man

eight

general measure word

Written diagonally from top to lower Right falling

N

31CF

right; the slope depends on the character in which it is used.

Horizontal turning

Vertical turning

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HZ

SZ

31D5

31D7

rén

man

eight

general measure word

Write first the horizontal part and then the vertical part without lifting the pen. 口

kǒu

mouth

zhōng

middle

five

Write first the vertical part and then the horizontal part without lifting the pen.

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Left falling turning

Vertical hook

Horizontal hook

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PZ

SG

HG

31DC

31DA

31D6

mutual

shān

mountain

chū

to go out

Write first the left falling part and then the horizontal part without lifting the pen. 云

yūn

cloud

gōng

public

to go to

Write from top to bottom, turn left and tick at the end. 丁

dīng

fourth in order

cái

ability

xíng

walk

Write from left to right, turn and tick at the end. 了

le

cloud

child

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Dot

D

31D4

qiàn

lack

Write the dot toward lower right or lower left. 太

tài

too (much)

xià

under

cùn

inch

Write from left the bottom to the upper Rising stroke

T

31C0

right; for the second form first a small vertical part and then the rising part. 打

to hit

zhī

juice

hóng

red

to be completed

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D = diǎn 點 "dot" G = gōu 鉤 "hook" H = héng 橫 "horizontal" N = nà 捺 "right-falling" P = piě 撇 "left-falling" Q = quān 圈 "circle" S = shù 豎 "vertical" T = tí 提 "rising" W = wān 彎 "curved" X = xié 斜 "slant" Z = zhé 折 "bent" (but = zuǒ 左 "left" in SWZ)

Stroke order To be completed

Character structure left-right structure top-bottom structure inside-outside structure To be completed

Radicals To be completed

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