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Nov. 19, 2023, 6:10 a.m.
Grids galore
Grids galore
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[This is a guest post by Zhengyuan Wang] Calligraphy Practicing Sheets and the Trussing Structure of Chinese Characters One thingessentialfor every elementary-level Chinese learner is to learn to write the characters in the same size in one single passage. …

Grids galore

Not to mention, there are characters less common but with way more strokes, such as cū, with thirty-three strokes, dá/tà, with fifty-one strokes, and the most famous one biáng with forty-two or fifty-six strokes. Most children in China are introduced to certain kinds of calligraphy-practice sheets with grids to assist them in practicing writing the characters; among them, the Tian-shaped grid tiánzìgé and the Mi-shaped grid mǐzìgé are the most common two to be used. If two sides are not enclosed: zhào; pang; jù. When the character contains three parts: 1) Three parts juxtaposed horizontally zǔozhōngyoù jiégòu: hú; shuí; xiāng;. Notably, a considerable portion of the three-part characters are a variation of a two-part character, where the middle part of the three can freely combine with either the top or the bottom, or either the left or right. Since the purpose of a practice sheet is to help an elementary learner to write and to unify the size of characters, the sheet functions in the way of providing the writer a pinpoint to put pen to paper luòbǐchù. The problem with other types of practice sheets is that they are designed for some niche characters, making those sheets incapable of accommodating the needs of most characters. These characters have three parts that take almost the same space in handwriting, such as jiē, xián, or hútong.

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