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Questions about writing Chinese characters by hand.

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Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?

I have noticed that a lot of my friends that study Chinese at university spend a lot of their time learning to write Chinese. I would estimate more than 50% of their Chinese study time is spent on ...
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How can I get better at reading handwriting?

How can I get better at reading handwriting? Are there fonts that look like it, or web sites with examples for practice? Are there some common shortcuts that people take when writing by hand?
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Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?

I've mainly been learning to read/write Chinese using computer based software as opposed to going to lessons etc. However, I've realised that there is a small handfull of characters that look ...
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Bottom component of 青 and 䏍

When learning how to write, I had always assumed that the lower component of the left component 䏍 of 能 was just a lower variant of 月. A couple of days ago, however, I decided to look it up, and I ...
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written characters: yuē vs rì

I have some troubles in distinguishing written characters 曰 yuē (to speak) and 日 rì (sun). Although they singularly look different on computers (maybe yuē look a bit wider, while rì is taller), I find ...
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When handwriting 黄 (huáng; yellow) is it incorrect to have a disconnected 草 (cǎo; grass) radical on top?

Question: When handwriting 黄 (huáng; yellow) is it incorrect to have a disconnected 草 (cǎo; grass) radical on top? Specifically, this is what I have in mind: Is the one on the left in the above ...
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What is the suggested pattern on paper to learn handwriting?

What is the suggested pattern on paper to learn handwriting? On the web, I've found many kind of paper, such as those named 九宫格 jiǔgōnggé, 米字格 mǐzìgé, 田字格 tiánzìgé, etc. I've got a book of chinese ...
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Writing sheets generator

When I was in China I bought some writing books for practicing Chinese handwriting. This is good but have 2 disadvantages. Size of cell is too small for brush and too big for roller pen. Must be for ...
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Chinese Dotted/Dashed Line font?

Anybody knows where to get this Chinese font type?
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Is it legitimate to write 男 merging the two vertical strokes?

Wiktionary gives the stroke order for 男 as: I'm wondering if it's wrong to merge the two vertical strokes like this: Question: Is it legitimate to write 男 merging the two vertical strokes?
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How to learn to read Chinese calligraphic paintings (and Chinese handwriting)?

I am able to read quite a few Chinese characters and can recognize most of the elements (combinations of radicals and other stroke sequences) which make up the 3500 or so or more characters found in ...
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Are simplified Chinese characters used for handwriting in places using traditional Chinese characters?

I'm curious if people living in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan, where the official characters are the traditional Chinese characters, do use them also in handwriting, or if they use the simplified ...
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Is there a name for a “phantom” stroke handwritten by mistake?

When handwriting the Chinese 休 it might be mistakenly written as 体 Afterwards, it has an additional "phantom" stroke which only exists because it's written incorrectly. There's a number of &...
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How widely used are 印章 compared to signatures?

印章 appear all over chinese works, especially in the past. Most noticeably in documents relating to business and arts, companies and individuals would use seals in place of signatures. In modern ...
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Handwritten shape of 「舟」 when it appears like 「月」 and the component form of 「肉」

The shape of 「肉」 in its component form is differentiated from 「月」 in Taiwan and sometimes in Hong Kong's table of standard character forms, but appear the same in other regions' standards and in ...
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Does cursive script have any order logic?

I think most people know the basic rules of character writing, like from top to bottom, left to right, etc., but it seems that the rules don't work at all when it comes to cursive writing. Question: ...
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Does a similar system to a pangram exist for handwriting practice

Question Does Chinese have sets of phrases that cover both basic and complex strokes that are memorizable? Situation Within Alphabetic based languages we would be able to practice handwriting using a ...
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Decipher particular short cursive inscription (is it really 习近平's signature?)

During his visit in the Czech Republic, the president of PRC Xi Jinping (习近平) has made a record in the castle of Lany guestbook. Its photo was posted publicly. The second line 二〇一六年三月廿八日 is obviously ...
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Stroke order of 㠭

I usually use yellowbridge.com when looking up stroke order, but they didn't have any information on 㠭. This isn't the first time this has happened, but usually it's easy enough to guess. However, ...
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Is it incorrect to write 少 with a hooked first stroke, like 小?

This question is about writing the hanzi 少; it's written as follows: Sometimes when I write this hanzi by hand, I write the first three strokes to look like 小, which looks different because it has a ...
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When writing, do chinese people rotate the page to write more easily?

I was taught to write in school (USA) by rotating the page about 15-30 degrees to get a more natural stroke. I actually find it difficult to write with the page completely square to my body. I've ...
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What does this text bubble mean? i believe it's kanji

i cannot for the life of me figure out what this means... been trying to find out through the yomiwa mobile app, looking up online, and trying to match this to some kanji for over an hour halp
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Handwritten note in chinese (Characters identified: 阳台还有衣服)

A chinese visitor left this note on my door. If it was typed, i'd easily find the meaning. But it is handwritten! Would you guys help me to understand it, please? Thanks!
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

The 艹 (grass radical) is present in for example 歡 and 貓 and 喵 In some fonts it's rendered as two separate crosses 十十, in some as one horizontal line with two vertical lines crossing it. Can I always ...
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How do Chinese people correct their characters?

While practicing writing of simple sentences, I realized that after missing I stroke, I was tempted to fix it the same way I'd do it in English - by thickening the strokes I'd like to keep. I know ...
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What about the orthography of 苹 (like in 苹果)? It seems consensus is missing

I recently came across an anomaly in Chinese orthography which I can't explain myself. Please take a look at the following picture (screenshot from the Duolingo course on Chinese, I guess in lecture "...
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Friend was given a guitar with what looks like Chinese handwriting on it (Characters identified: 茶杏銅鑼)

Could anyone who's more knowledgeable in language confirm that this is Chinese? My friend knows Japanese, and he says it's definitely not Japanese (unless he's mistaken). If it is Chinese, could ...
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written characters: bèi vs jiàn

I have two books displaying different meannings for characters that look the same to me: What is the difference (if any) among the character for "bèi" (shell, money) and "jiàn" (to see)?
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How do we distinguish a bopomofo symbol from a similar character?

For example, 丫 is a character while ㄚ is a bopomofo symbol. I find it very difficult to tell the difference (especially if they are hand-written), unless from the context. Other examples: 幺andㄠ; ...
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Can I translate “still alive” as 还活着?

if I have to translate "still alive" can I write it like this 还活着 or are there better ways to say it? I have to use it as a title of a poem, so it doesn't have a context or a phrase where it should ...
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“Pixelating” the character 英

I would like to include a Chinese character (英) in a knitting pattern. To do so, I need to "pixelate" the character. Is this an acceptable representation of the character and is it easily ...
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Handwriting 行書 semi-cursive online [closed]

Hi is there any website where we can input a chinese character and watch how it is written (the process) in 行書 semi-cursive form, and not how it is written in the normal "formal" stroke. In order to ...
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Why this header of “世界日报” is written as “世界曰报”?

See the picture. There is an obvious mistake: the third character is written as "曰" (yue) instead of "日" (ri). Why it is not written correctly as "日" such as the following?
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Are both these stroke orders for 里 and 再 correct in mainland China?

I've encountered two different stroke orders for writing 里: They disagree at the fifth stroke. The first one is on Wiktionary and Visual Mandarin, while the second I encountered on TOFU Learn (link ...
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Do characters like 司, 习, and 可 have different first strokes?

I'm interested in the first stroke of characters like 司, 习, and 可. This is how it looks on my computer (but I don't know if this is a matter of fonts): 可 starts off with a single horizontal stroke, ...
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Reference for different looking ways of writing a character?

Is there any online database or printed reference work where it's possible to look up a character and see it written in many different styles, like different printing fonts, cursives and pictures from ...
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How to write Chinese fluently?

After learning how to write chinese by directly copying characters from my phone or my computer (digital ones), I noticed that I still can’t decipher the character chinese people are writing. I know ...
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Traditional alternative to 水寫布 (water-writing paper) for calligraphy practice?

I'd like to practice my writing with brush, and came across this textile that I think is used a lot in schools at least in Taiwan: Image from http://detail.net114.com/chanpin/1018435996.html It's ...
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Why does my handwritten 尽 look so ugly?

Every time I write 尽 I feel very unsatisfied. Today's example: Something about it feel odd or wrong, and I don't know what. I feel it's ugly. Question: Why does my handwritten 尽 look so ugly?
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How do I specifically find handwriting advice videos on TikTok 斗音?

Sometimes I waste spend time on TikTok 斗音 with the hope it improves my Chinese. Occasionally I stumble upon videos which describe advice for improving one's Chinese handwriting. They might describe ...
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How many 行书 semi-cursive handwriting variants

In common mandarin chinese, How i wanted to know how many "known" 行书 semi-cursive handwriting variants are they? I also wanted to ask two questions (the answer could be different although these two ...
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Handwriting Certain Radicals

I notice that some typefaces (especially ones used in old texts) have some radicals displayed differently than what I usually see. For example sometimes I see the 糹 (left-side) radical displayed like ...
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How do I handwrite 小心翼翼 well?

My handwriting (of 他小心翼翼地把邮票揭下来): The 小心翼翼 looks horribly imbalanced: there's two sparse characters 小心 followed by two dense characters 翼翼. I'm wondering what I can do to make it look better. ...
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Help deciphering a young Chinese student's writing!

Can you tell what this young student wrote during my VIP Kid class? I wrote NiHao in red and he wrote the blue that follows. Keep in mind, there is an awry game of tic tac toe on the right in blue and ...
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What are good resources for Chinese calligraphy?

Pen writing and brush writing is also welcome. If possible, I hope you can give your evaluate for these resourses. I have heard 灵飞经 is a good copybook. Are there something close to that?
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App to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters

As the title says, I am looking for an app to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters. Ideally, the software would eventually teach me to draw a character (with my fingers on the touchscreen)...
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Are my chinese characters readable?

I am trying to write a cute card for my Chinese girlfriend. But I speak no Chinese. Can you read what I wrote below? Is my handwriting OK?
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Is this Chinese and which character is written here if yes? [closed]

Background story: small office with ~20 people, a pretty girl saying in office chat room: "Hey, something strange. Someone put a small amount of money and this piece of paper with text in a pocket of ...
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Found a grocery list - used it for handwriting reading practice. Corrections?

I'm sure the first one is wrong and definitely couldn't figure out the one with fish. Fairly certain of the ones with pork. 西乳柿, 小葱, 排骨, ?鱼, 龙骨, 山药, 豆子, 猪腰, 猪肺?
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Convert handwritten Chinese Characters into Chinese Fonts

I have a list of Chinese names in Chinese calligraphy. I'd like to enter them in a website with my mouse and have the app provide the names in a Chinese font that I can cut and paste in a Family Tree (...