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As a matter of fact, stroke direction changes don't happen that much. In this particular case,舌(she2) is borrowed only for sound in the character 舍(she4), which means house (there is a roof radical on top). In Chinese, around 80% of the characters are the composition of picture + sound (because there are not that many pictographs to represent everything, ...


I think you are making something wrong. In Chinese characters, there are many different kinds of strokes 横(一)、竖(丨)、撇(丿)、点(丶)、捺(㇏)、折(亅). Directions are only one of the differences. If you only cares about its directions, you cannot write the strokes properly. In the ancient China, people use ink brushes instead of pens or pencils, and ink brushes are more ...

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