Mandarin Characters Stroke Order Names

1. “Dian” – A simple dot.

2. “Heng” – Horizontal stroke, left to right.

3. “Shu” – Vertical stroke, top to bottom.

4. “Gou” – Hook appended to other strokes.

5. “Ti” – Diagonal stroke, rising from left to right.

6. “Pie” – Diagonal stroke, falling from right to left.

7. “Duan Pie” – Short diagonal stroke, falling from right to left.

8. “Na” – Horizontal stroke, falling from left to right.

Stroke Order

1. Top before bottom

2. Left before right

3. Left vertical stroke (usually) before top horizontal stroke

4. Bottom horizontal stroke last

5. Center stroke before wings

6. Horizontal strokes before intersecting vertical strokes

7. Left-falling strokes before right-falling srokes

8. Minor strokes (often) last[A final rule can contradict the others]

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