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  Library- Characters

Every Chinese character is composed of a number of strokes, or single movements of the pen or writing brush. The order and direction in which the strokes are made are very important in writing Chinese characters, and learning the basic rules of stroke order is the first step in the process of learning to write Chinese.

In general, even though there are exceptions, characters are written based on the following sequence:

- From left to right;
- From top to bottom;
- Horizontal strokes before vertical ones;
- The outsides of enclosed characters are written before the insides;
- Dots, strokes that cut through a character, minor strokes and bottom enclosing strokes are written last.

Please take a look at the following examples and also practice a lot under the guidance of your tutors.

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(I)
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(you)
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(he)
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sōng
(pine)
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zhú
(bamboo)
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méi
(Chinese plum)
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dōng
(east)
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nán
(south)
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西
(west)
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bĕi
(north)
   

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