BASIC STROKE ORDER RULES (Chinese Writing)
In the mid-1950s, the People’s Republic of China began the most important literacy process of the 20th century. One of the consequences of this milestone is what we know today as Simplified Chinese, the standard form of writing in mainland China, which modifies the complexity of calligraphy, making reading and writing more accessible to millions of people, particularly foreigners.
In Mandarin Chinese, the order of the strokes is very important. The first thing we advise you to learn is the stroke order. Once you learn that, it becomes easier to memorize the characters.
1. Always start from left to right and from top to bottom:
2. The horizontal stroke goes before the vertical stroke:
3. Cutting the last stroke:
4. Diagonals are drawn from right to left before diagonals from left to right:
5. The verticals to the center are drawn before the outer components:
6. Always start with the outer stroke before the inside stroke:
7. The left vertical is drawn before closing:
8. The back strokes go at the end:
9. Top left stroke first:
10. The upper right dots go at the end: