也 (character strokes)

Ivan the Immigrant

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Croatian
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strokes in Chinese characters in general(this is main reason why I opened this thread, I am learning strokes and I've learnt basic ones and also some advanced but they still give me a headache)


This are that I know so far:

STROKES:

6 basic ones:
(This are easy and I understand them without problem)

heng
shu
pie
na
dian
ti

others:
(This are little more complicated and I understand them, just need some more time to memorize them)

henggou
shugou
hengzhe
shuzhe

Now I am learning more complicated ones like:
(This are especially hard and I still don't get anything of this)

hengzhegou
wangou
xiegou
pinggou
shuwangou
piedian

Very important example for me would be:




Can someone explain which strokes are used in this character?
 
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  • Ivan the Immigrant

    Member
    Croatian
    ^Thanks. But are you sure this horizontal stroke is hengzhegou? Because it doesn't look properly. That horizontal line is positioned slightly upward. Maybe it's some other weird stroke that resemble hengzhegou instead?
     

    Tom Greenhill

    Member
    Chinese - Mainland
    Yes, the horizontal stroke is indeed heng-zhe-gou (横折钩)

    You can view that stroke as a combination of three segments:
    The relatively horizontal segment is heng (横, lit. horizontal)
    Then the relatively vertical segment is the zhe (折, lit. turn)
    Finally the short hook-like tail at the end of this strok is the gou (钩, lit. hook)

    Its not rare to see a heng (横) being not entirely horizontal in characters - it just look "better" that way.
    Typography (Calligraphy) issue I'd guess.

    There are cases where the horizontal part of the heng-zhe-gou is perfectly horizontal: for instance, in the character 匀.

    匀 也

    There's a heng-zhe-gou stroke in both of them (i.e. their rightmost stroke).
    匀 has the heng segment being completely horizontal, whereas 也 has the heng segment being slightly sloped.
     
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