As it's been some time since I posted here, I thought I'd post a review of some key words.
笔画 (bǐ huà): stroke
笔画数 (bihuàshù): stroke count
部首 (bùshǒu): radical
汉字 (hànzì): Chinese character
偏旁 (piānpáng): A character component, making one have of the character. One half of a character is 部首, the other half is 偏旁. More on this at some other time.
The names of the different brush strokes:
撇 (piě) left-slanting downward brush stroke.
横 (héng) horizontal, accross
折 (zhé) to fold
弯 (wān) corner
钩 (gōu) hook stroke
竖 (shù) vertical
点 (diǎn) dot stroke
捺 (nà) right-falling stroke
提 (tí) to raise / upwards (lifting) stroke
斜 (xié) slant
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