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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

Two notes: 艹 is 4 strokes in Taiwan and Hong Kong only. It is less helpful to think of it as a "traditional"/"simplified" difference, as among other standards which use "traditional characters" (e.g. ...
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When handwriting 黄 (huáng; yellow) is it incorrect to have a disconnected 草 (cǎo; grass) radical on top?

Neither the PRC form「黄」nor the ROC/HK form「黃」contains「艸・艹」. The top of the PRC form「黄」is written as「龷」. 商甲甲806合集32509商甲京津636 西周金耳尊集成6007 「黃」originally depicted a person「大」with a swollen chest/...
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Decipher particular short cursive inscription (is it really 习近平's signature?)

That's 習近平 (Xi Jinping)'s signature. Just written in Traditional Chinese characters. EDIT: This is Xi's signature on his dissertation (Doctor of Laws):
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Different first stroke forms of 月 (yuè)

It's common for components to be drawn is multiple ways depending on their location in the characters. Compare 朋 阴 望 嬴 with 有 肓 育 肯 脊. Perhaps this distinction is more apparent when 衣 is used in ...
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Stroke order of 㠭

It is a rarely used Chinese character. It has two pronunciation: "zhǎn" and "zhàn". English meaning: to open, to stretch; to extend, to unfold; to dilate; to prolong. The radical of 㠭 is 工, such as ...
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Handwritten note in chinese (Characters identified: 阳台还有衣服)

It says 阳台还有衣服 Yángtái háiyǒu yīfu This directly translates to "balcony still has clothes". More specifically: 阳台 (yángtái) = balcony (or something similar, like a veranda) 还有 (háiyǒu) = ...
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Why this header of "世界日报" is written as "世界曰报"?

It's correctly written, but in a different font called 隶书 Clerical script. It's one of the archaic style of writing. In general Chinese characters in 隶书 look wider, which makes 日 looks like 曰 in ...
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Is there a name for a "phantom" stroke handwritten by mistake?

It is called or 笔误 or 误笔 (handwriting mistake) or more colloquially "写错笔划" (write a wrong stroke) 写多笔划或是写少笔划都是笔误 俗语: "误将冯京作马凉" 就是典型的笔误引来的误会 Although 笔误 and 误笔 are interchangeable, ...
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Can anyone identify this signature please?

Title: 母与子 (mother and son) Artist: 惠珺 /Huì jùn/
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When writing, do chinese people rotate the page to write more easily?

I wasn't taught this in schools in China! I think in elementary school, the suggested practice is to keep everything square and sit with straight back for the sake of good eyesight and posture. ...
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Are both these stroke orders for 里 and 再 correct in mainland China?

I usually look up this dictionary for stroke orders. There could be some other useful sites like this one. I personally apply the second order for 再 and 里 as you quoted. In practice, the stroke ...
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Is it incorrect to write 少 with a hooked first stroke, like 小?

Incorrect is a relative term. On the whole, I'm going to say no, it's not incorrect, and it's easier to learn the character if you write it with a hook, because the glyph origin of「少」was「小」compounded ...
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Is it legitimate to write 男 merging the two vertical strokes?

The simple answer is 'wrong'. 男 is 田 + 力. It might be ok for daily writing, but it would be wrong for any type of exams.
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Traditional alternative to 水寫布 (water-writing paper) for calligraphy practice?

Don't know if it counts, but in mainland China, some people write on the street with a huge writing brush, half as long as an adult is tall. And they only dip the brush in water to write. After the ...
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Friend was given a guitar with what looks like Chinese handwriting on it (Characters identified: 茶杏銅鑼)

They are written in traditional Chinese: 茶杏銅鑼, which translated verbatim to Tea, Apricot, Copper, Gong.The four words together do not resemble anything meaningful. I did a google search with the exact ...
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When writing, do chinese people rotate the page to write more easily?

We were not taught that, but we write the individual character with an angle naturally. It is hard to write a line parallel to the paper and the table if the paper is also parallel to the table. Some ...
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How to write Chinese fluently?

Haha, it is difficult even for a native to decipher very cursive or bad handwriting. Basically, when we read, we are only certain about some of the characters and then deduce other characters based on ...
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Are my chinese characters readable?

Your characters are very readable, but I think you wrote the wrong first character. Looks like you meant to write 新 but you only wrote 亲 (the left side of 新). 亲 is like "beloved" or "dear", but 新 is "...
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App to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters

A free option is TOFU Learn which is what I've been using for years. It has the HSK decks already available, and it's simple enough to write your own (and import the pinyin and definitions from CC-...
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What about the orthography of 苹 (like in 苹果)? It seems consensus is missing

From a Unicode perspective it is the same character. Depending on the font and the environment you are using it may look different. Take for instance a look at the code charts of Unicode 12: As can ...
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How do Chinese people correct their characters?

for example this picture,hope to help you:
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Correct writing of 酉

Stroke Sequence - Kangxi Radical #164 (composition 西一) https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E9%85%89 Radical 146 https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E8%A5%BF 𠁤 - Radical 31 囗+2 (composition 儿囗) https://en....
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Correct writing of 酉

In reality there is no difference. Usually, after you write 𠃍, you naturally lift the pen to write the next stroke, and it will naturally form a 勾, making it ㇆. They are more like stylistic choices ...
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Decipher particular short cursive inscription (is it really 习近平's signature?)

As my uncle (who is very good at calligraphy) put it, most Chinese signatures are wrong in their strokes if you take it seriously. If you take out any character of the signatures alone, it will be ...
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How to learn to read Chinese calligraphic paintings (and Chinese handwriting)?

So sorry for bringing up such an old thread, but I want to put something here that might be useful for anyone searching this thread later on. I used Google Translate and with my limited knowledge of ...
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Handwriting Certain Radicals

They are just different writing styles which we can tolerate.Because the governments in Chinese using regions have established standards on which is the right way (正體字, lit. correct form character) ...
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Reference for different looking ways of writing a character?

There are in fact a few websites out there, not to mention hundreds of book titles. You may want to try guoxuedashi.com, which has one overview page for each character (eg http://www.guoxuedashi.com/...
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Do characters like 司, 习, and 可 have different first strokes?

I'm not sure if it's simply wrong to write this, or if they're acceptable alternatives. It's simply wrong. 横折勾 does not equal to 横 + 竖折勾. Even in artistic or decorative writing, they are clearly ...
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