Consider the character 您

My dictionary says that the 6th stroke is 撇 whereas the 8th stroke is 点.

Is there a difference between how these strokes are written ?

I mean the short 撇 in 你 and the left falling 点 in 心.

They look identical to me.

  • The Eight Principles of Yong explain how to write eight common strokes in regular script
    – jack chiou
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 6:23
  • You need to see it written with a calligraphy brush, which was how all Chinese characters were written originally. Normal computer graphical styles do not make such detail differences. Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 6:34
  • There's a YouTube video which confirms the claim. (They look identical to me too.)
    – Becky 李蓓
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 7:07
  • Take a look at this. It's only about 11 minutes long. It's worth your while. youtu.be/wM4BuhTFxho Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 9:45

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I got my answer.

Both the left-falling dian and the short pie look identical when not using a brush.

Both are drawn from top to bottom.

The difference is where the sharp end and the rounded end are.

Dian: Start with a sharp end and draw down finishing with a rounded end. Like a drop of water.

Pie: Start by drawing a rounded end at the top and then work down finishing with a sharp end going down. Like the drop of water upside-down.

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