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Mandarin Month: How Important is Stroke Order When Learning Chinese?

The Beijinger – Hannah Mei-Grisley

“When you first start to learn Chinese, it can feel rather overwhelming. There’s no alphabet, four (five including neutral) tones, complex characters, and pinyin to get to grips with. With so many parts to juggle, it is understandable if your teacher spares you the added challenge of learning the correct Chinese character stroke order (笔顺 bǐshùn) when you first begin. Despite the fact that most phones and computers have the ability to write Chinese characters by inputting pinyin, learning the stroke order is important if you want to improve your fluency in Chinese.”(more)

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