As we all known, Chinese people read Chinese characters, the pinyin is just for helping pronounce, so it is very important to master the Chinese character. In Chinese, only 950 characters are higher frequency of appearance. If you master these Chinese characters, you will be able to read Chinese smoothly. And learn Chinese stroker order is very important for you to learn Chinese characters.
Basic Chinese strokes
Some people said that write Chinese character is just like draw pictures, actually is not. Characters are formed by certain strokes, here are the six basic strokes:
The first one is dot, in Chinese we say "dian", it's just like a tiny dash;
The second one is horizontal stroke, Chinese name is "heng", it's rightward stroke;
The third one is vertical stroke, in Chinese we say "shu", it's downward stroke;
The fourth one is left-falling stroke, which is "pie", it's falling leftwards, flattening at the bottom;
The fifth one is right-falling stroke, in Chinese we say "na", it's falling rightwards flattening at the bottom;
the sixth stroke is the rising stroke, it's Chinese name is "ti", it's flick up and rightwards;
These are the six basic strokes, other strokes are formed by them or their transformation, and every stroke has certain direction. If you master these six basic strokes, it is easier for you to write character. Here is a picture of Chinese basic stoke order.
Chinese character stroke order principle
And you need to be aware of that Chinese characters have a certain order.To help remember the order, we have a very useful pithy formula:
1. From top to bottom
2. From left to right
3. Left vertical stroke (usually) before the top horizontal stroke
4. Bottom horizontal stroke last;
5. Middle stroke before sides;
6. Horizontal strokes before intersecting vertical strokes;
7. Horizontal strokes before intersecting vertical strokes;
8. Minor strokes（often）the last;
The order of character strokes help us remember the structure of the character; also it can make the writing of characters better and faster; it helps to know the combination of the strokes better, and remember the shape of the character easier.