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Stroke Order

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Knowing which stroke comes first can help learners remember the order in which the other strokes follow. Stroke order involves a rhythm, a pattern, a sequence, by which the kanji has been built up. Careful and frequent practice of the correct stroke order can act as a strategy for remembering how to write kanji.


1 I remember kanji because I have committed the stroke order to memory
e.g.1 本 (ほん book) Across, down, left, right and a little stroke at the bottom.

2 If I remember the first stroke, the rest comes naturally
e.g.1 馬 (うま horse) Stroke him down the neck first, then across the head, and down the nose, then across, across, across with a tail, and dot, dot, dot, dot.

3 I use rhythm to remember stroke order
e.g.1 後ろ (うしろ behind) Divide into three sections. Left section: 1, 2, 3 (ichi, ni, san). Right top section: 1, 2, 3 (ichi, ni, san). Bottom right section: 1, 2, 3 (ichi, ni, san).
e.g.2 絵 (え picture) Divide into two sections. Left section: 1, 2, 3 – 1, 2, 3. Right section: 1-2, 1-2, wa-n – 2 (or ichi-ni, ichi-ni, i—chi-ni).
e.g.3 授業 (じゅぎょう lesson) The 業 part (occupation) starts with four strokes on top, then one, then two, then three and tree at the bottom. It’s a little series of numbers that I remember it by” (student).