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CHINESE WORD STRUCTURE

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 Chinese characters.

 

The common strokes include:

Horizontal stoke [heng]  

Vertical stroke [shu]  

Downward stroke to the left [pie] 

Downward stoke to the right [na] 

Upward stroke to the right [ti]

Dot [dian]   

Right angle stroke [zhe]  

There are several types of hook [gou] depicted as  ,   ,   ,  

In addition there are combinations of some of the above strokes. 

More information could be found in Chapter three of the book

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