Basic stroke order -- Eight simple rules for writing Chinese characters

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By learning the basic stroke order, it is easy and effective to learn to write Chinese characters.

Chinese people have used this system to write Chinese characters for centuries and perfected it.

On the right, you’ll see the different types of strokes or lines in Chinese.

You’ll be happy to know there are only 8 stroke order rules to remember.:)

The table below shows the rule and stroke order through examples.

What’s important is that you make it a habit to write Chinese characters using the proper stroke order.

Make it a habit right from the start. Do not relearn it later on!

Contributed by Frank Tsui, an 18-year-old learner of Chinese who has mastered the reading and writing of 1,000 + Chinese characters. Chinese is his third language after French and English.

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