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Chinese Writing Lesson Plans

Are there any plans or considerations for Chinese writing exercises? I know there is a proper stroke order, a small classification of strokes, and interesting styles of calligraphy. One day I would like to be able to look up the words in a Chinese dictionary by the radical. Learning the basic radicals and the rules of writing seems to be an important missing component.

Perhaps this something that Duolingo is ideologically opposed to or writing lessons may be too difficult to program. I'm just curious.

December 7, 2017


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Try HelloChinese. It has the writing and stroke lessons plus regular exercise similar to Dulingo's.


Advice: get a book (e.g. McNaughton, ISBN 0-8048-3509-8) or use the Android Skritter app. To see chars grouped by radical try zhongwen.com


Maybe it would make the course more complete, but: 1) where in duolingo is there any course requiring handwriting? 2) where are you going to write on? touchscreen? with mouse? 3) the option for chinese input, any one could install on his device, is available


THIS. This is exactly what I would like to see fro Duolingo for their Mandarin course. Previously I had been using an app called Chineseskill which essentially stole the Duolingo interface and grafted Mandarin onto it before Mandarin was an option for Duolingo. Chineseskill's audio is certainly inferior in quality (sounds very rigid and robotic, unnatural) but they've got Chinese input in places in addition to selecting the correct pieces from a predetermined set of options to complete sentences. The input is a breeze on a smart phone as one can easily install the Chinese keyboard and write by finger, but I'm not sure what the best way to make it work on a computer would be.


Pleco is a really good Chinese dictionary and you can probably learn radicals and stroke orders off of that.


There are a number of tutorials on Youtube which go through the stroke names and show you how to write simple characters. Litao is very serious-minded and professional in his teaching so I think he would be a good fit for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaDMYpP1iLc

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