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Character Lesson 7 – Stroke Order Rules Group 1

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Chinese Character Stroke Order Rules and Why Are They Important?

Starting from this lesson we will be introducing Chinese character stroke order rules, and we’ll also answer this question: why is Chinese stroke order so important? In our series, we’ll introduce 8 stroke order rules in total. In order for us to learn them, we don’t necessarily have to know all the Chinese character stroke orders names, as long as we can follow the rules and apply them while writing characters, we are good.

LESSON INFO


KEYWORDS

  • Chinese Character Stroke Order Rules
  • Chinese Character Stroke Orders Names
  • Stroke Order Rule 1: Horizontal Before Vertical.
  • Stroke Order Rule 2: Downward Left Before Downward Right.

QUESTIONS

  1. Why are Chinese Character Stroke Order Rules so important?
  2. What would be an example Character that applies Stroke Order Rule 1, Horizontal Before Vertical?
  3. What would be an example Character that applies Stroke Order Rule 2, Downward Left Before Downward Right?

LESSON NOTES


Why Are Chinese Character Stroke Order Rules Important?

Knowing the Stroke Order Rules and writing Characters in the correct stroke order is very important because it helps us:

  • to write the character more efficiently
  • allows the character to have the correct proportions
  • write cursive handwriting

Stroke Order Rule 1: Horizontal Before Vertical

Horizontal Before Vertical, 先横后竖.

This rule tells us that when there are both the stroke Horizontal 横 (Héng) and the stroke Vertical 竖 (Shù) in a character, you write 横 before 竖.

Example Characters

十, 丰, 干

 

Stroke Order Rule 2: Downward Left Before Downward Right,

Downward Left Before Downward Right, 先撇后捺.

This rule tells us that when there are both the strokes Downward Left 撇 (Piě) and Downward Right 捺 (Nà) in a Character, we write 撇 before 捺.

Example Characters

人, 八, 木

 

 

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