Hanja character strokes

Hanja characters are written on a square grid.  The Han character is also called “square word”.  A practice sheet shows how the square is split into 4 quadrants.


The Han character is made in a certain order with various horizontal lines, hooks, vertical lines, and other strokes.  There are 8 basic types of strokes.


These strokes have names.  Learning what the different strokes are will help when looking at a Hanja character.  It is like learning the building block that can be put together in the construction of the picture that is the Han character.

The book “Practice Makes Perfect:  Writing Chinese Characters” has a chart of the  common vocabulary of strokes.  To better understand Hanja characters, I will slowly work on learning the different strokes for making the characters.

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