Hello! Welcome to ChineseFor.Us Hands-on Writing:
I’m Lili. And I’m Chuck. Today we’ll start with
the basic strokes. All Chinese characters are constructed by
strokes, there are only a handful of them, and once you know how to write them, the logic
in their construction, and the order you’re supposed to write them in, you will be able
to write every single Chinese character no problem.
That’s right. Chinese characters may look confusing but once you learn the basics, it’s
not as difficult as you might think. There are only 5 or 6 basic strokes, the rest are
just different combinations or ways to write them.
But in our series, we’ll discuss 11 basic strokes, that way you’ll be even more prepared
for writing those seemingly complicated characters. And today we’ll start with the first 3.
I’m sure you’ve already printed out the practice sheet from our website, if not there’s
a link to download it below, and you’ll need to have a pen or pencil ready. Also, there’s homework for each video as
well. Each practice sheet will cover all the characters discussed in the video, and you’ll
be able to practice as many times as you want simply by following the tracing guides!
This is héng横, or “horizontal”. It’s written from left to the right. Like this.
Easy, right? Be careful that for each stroke, you write it in one single stroke, without
going back and forth like this. And also, don’t write it backwards like this. Try practicing it a few times. Now can you find our héng 横 in this particular
character? Here it is. This character is pronounced shí,
meaning ten. How about this one? It means son and its pronounced “zǐ” and here
is our héng. Here’s one more. It means three, it’s
pronounced sān 三. Did you notice that there are three héng 横or horizontals in this
character? Great! After héng横, is our second stroke: shù竖,
or vertical. It’s written from top to bottom. Once Again, you don’t want to go back and
forth like this, and don’t write it backwards, or there’s a good chance the character won’t
look right. Try practicing it a few times. Awesome!
Again, we’ve picked three characters for you. The first one, means earth or dirt, it’s
pronounced tǔ土. can you find shù竖in this character? Excellent! 非常好！
Let’s try another one. Right there! This character is pronounced gōng, it means to
work. OK, for the last one, there are two verticals,
shù竖. Let’s see if you can find them? Great! This one means ear, and is pronounced
ěr耳. And our last stroke for today is called diǎn
点 or dot. This is what it looks like, and here’s how you write it. Try it on the practice
sheet a few times! OK. Now that you know how to write diǎn点.
Here’s one of the most commonly used Chinese characters, it’s pronounced mén, and it
means “door”. [3 second pause] were you able to find diǎn in this character? （门）
Easy, right? Now how about this one? xiǎo小, it means small or little. Did you notice this
stroke here? It kind of looks like a diǎn点, but it’s a different stroke.
You can see that diǎn点 is a small dot that falls from top left to bottom right whereas
this one falls from top right bottom left. Here’s our diǎn点. OK, one more.
There it is, this character is cùn, it’s a unit of length in China that’s similar
to an Inch. Now you’re probably wondering how you can
make use of these basic strokes. Well, we’ve picked two characters for you. They’re all
constructed by the 3 basic strokes that we learned today. You can find them on your practice
sheet as well. The first one is shàng上, it means “up”.
Follow my stroke order and trace it on your paper. The guides are there to help you identify
which stroke goes first. But when you write the character by yourself, here’s how you’ll
be writing it. One, two, three, that’s three strokes.
I remember practicing writing characters a bunch of times to memorize them. It helps
a lot for recognizing and being able to read a character if you actually write them down
a few times. Right! Writing is the best way to understand
the structure. And if you understand the structure, memorizing
the shape or look of the characters comes easy. here’s the second one. It looks like
an upside down shàng上 , right? 对！Correct! It is xià下 and it means
“down”. So it’s the exact opposite of shàng上
or up. That’s easy to remember. Here, we’ll show you how to write it.
It’s really easy. Just like this. Follow the stroke order, one, two, three. Congratulations!
You just wrote two Chinese characters! If you want to practice some more later, we’ve
prepared some homework for you, you can download the printable file from our website. Just
click the link below to download it. And next time we’ll discuss three more strokes: piě撇,
nà捺, and tí提! See you next time! xièxie nǐmen zàijiàn谢谢你们！再见！