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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How to Find Chinese Character Stroke Order Using Yellow Bridge


One of the challenging things parents have to do is trying to teach their children a language which they themselves have no knowledge of. This is even more so for Chinese Mandarin. Learning Mandarin is like no other language. There are all those Chinese characters that you need to know. Not only that, you have to know how to write them correctly, stroke by stroke.

If you have no knowledge of Mandarin, it can be quite challenging trying to help your child with Chinese Mandarin homework. This is where apps and Chinese online dictionaries come in handy.

Here's an online dictionary which you can use to find the stroke order for Chinese characters but just how do you do that. It is quite confusing to use if you have no knowledge of Chinese whatsoever. This mini tutorial is to help parents find the stroke order for Chinese Mandarin characters so they can help their children and in the process learn some Chinese too!

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open up this link: Yellow Bridge You will see the following page. Click on "Chinese-English Dictionary & Thesaurus.






Step 2. Next, you will arrive on this page. Type in the word you want to search in the "English to Chinese" search bar. The example I have used is "book"


Step 3: You will be presented with a list of words related to your search term. Select the one you want. I have selected the single character δΉ¦ . Click on the character.




Step 4: Click on the "Strokes" tab to view the stroke order for the word.





Step 5: By default, the animate mode is selected. Your Chinese character will auto play. Select "trace outline" if you want to practice writing the strokes using your mouse. That's it! You have learned a new Chinese character stroke and will be able to teach your child how to write the characters correctly. In Chinese Mandarin, children are often tested on the order of strokes too so this it is very important to get it right.



Finally, I recommend returning to the main screen to click on "Animated Stroke Order Rules" to learn the basic rules for writing Chinese character strokes. This will help you a lot in future exercises. Happy learning!


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