As we know English words are composed of 26 alphabets,
arranged from left to right. The Chinese characters, on
the other hand, are made up of combinations of about a
dozen or so ôstrokes", known as [bihua]. (The word stroke
Stroke is used in a very general manner. It could be a
stroke, a hook, an angle, etc).
There are relatively few types of strokes, the
composition and combination of these strokes form various
Horizontal stoke [heng]
Vertical stroke [shu]
Downward stroke to the left [pie]
Downward stoke to the right [na]
Upward stroke to the right [ti]
Right angle stroke [zhe]
several types of hook [gou] depicted as
there are combinations of some of the above strokes.