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How to write beautiful Chinese characters for foreigners?

by Melissa Roy on November 06, 2019
How to write beautiful Chinese characters for foreigners?

Writing beautiful Chinese characters will be a big achievement. 

The "Chinese learning fever" is in the ascendant. The number of people learning Chinese in Europe and the United States is constantly growing, and more and more schools offer Chinese language courses! Since 2001, the British Ministry of Education and Skills and the British Council and the HSBC and other consortiums have invested heavily in the establishment of hundreds of British middle school students' Chinese learning scholarships and funded Chinese language teaching projects. About 150 primary and secondary schools in Germany have opened Chinese elective courses or Chinese interest classes, and more than 50 national famous universities have opened Chinese majors. The 110 universities in France have opened Chinese courses, and the number of students learning Chinese in primary and secondary schools is growing at a rate of 30% per year. It can be said that learning Chinese is an excellent choice for the future.

Cambodia Angkor High School Chinese Class

According to the Hong Kong Oriental Website reported on January 19, 2018, today's Cambodia has set off a wave of learning Chinese. To speak Chinese well, to find jobs in Chinese enterprises has become the most ideal employment direction for local people.

The report also said that not only the folks are keen to learn Chinese, but the Cambodian government does not show weakness. The Cambodian government established the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia as early as August 2009. Various government departments have opened Chinese classes.

At present, the Confucius Institute has more than 10,000 students, 3 Confucius Classrooms in 3 primary and secondary schools, and 23 teaching points covering 9 provinces and cities in Cambodia, making it one of the largest Confucius Institutes in the world.

 Confucius Institute

As we all know, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world, and writing Chinese characters is even more difficult. This is not only for foreigners, but the Chinese themselves are not easy to write Chinese characters. They need to start a lot of practice, a lot of memory, and persevere to learn Chinese characters from a young age. After everyone can write Chinese characters, the question of how to write a beautiful Chinese characters came into being. Oscar Wilde said in his letter: one's style is one's signature always. Proverbs with the same meaning in China: your handwriting reflects who you are. In today's society, whether you are taking an exam or signing a contract, etc., writing beautiful words can leave a good impression on others!

The first key to writing beautiful words, especially Chinese characters, is the posture of holding a pencil while writing. The outer contour of the Chinese character is square and therefore has the title of "square word". So from an early age, we started writing on the notebook of Tianzige, as shown in the following figure.

the notebook of Tianzige

People who write very well are using the correct posture. With the correct posture of holding the pencil, the fingers are naturally bent and flexible, and the words written are also generous. Especially when writing "long horizontal" and "long vertical", the advantage is very obvious. When a child starts writing, he must develop a correct posture and will promote the writing of beautiful words. Some adults say that they can't write according to the correct posture of the pen. This is normal because any transformation requires a process. As long as it persists for a while, it can naturally be "practice makes perfect." All of this tells us that the posture of writing is crucial for Chinese characters. Only the posture is correct first, and then a lot of practice is carried out before the goal is reached.

So here I recommend you to use a helper tool - the pencil grip. Take this brand Firesara Pencil Grips as an example to introduce you to this magical tool. The pencil grip was invented in 1992 by the famous educational therapist Dr. Lois Provda. Twenty years later, The Pencil Grip has evolved into a home, school, and office offering hundreds of unique and innovative products. Since 2016, Firesara Pencil Grips writing tools have earned a high reputation in the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe. The reason is: All of our grips are made of high-quality silicone, non-toxic, safe and harmless to the human body. And the silicone is soft and feels comfortable. Not easy to be torn, can be used for a long time.

Firesara Pencil Grips

Besides, compared to other brands of pen holders, he has more styles: in addition to the basics like other companies, he also has elephants, owls, dolphins, butterflies, monkeys, and other shapes. And he also has a rich color: red, orange, green, blue, etc. This is very beneficial for children. To be honest, learning and writing is a very boring thing, and the child's self-control and perseverance will be even worse. Therefore, these rich colors and shapes can fully grasp the children's attention and attract them to have an interest in writing, to achieve the purpose of learning. At the same time, it can prevent diseases such as myopia, neck and shoulder pain.

If you want to write beautiful Chinese characters, it is generally easier for young people who have not yet finalized their fonts. This is because they are easy to accept new fonts. Once they have the right guidance, choose the right font, the right way, and then have a consistent attitude, they will receive good results in a short time.

Here are some of my suggestions, check them out:

The first step: The writing posture is generally in a sitting position, the chest is away from the edge of the table, the elbows are naturally flared outward, the feet are flat, the head is kept straight, and the body is slightly forward. Usually, one hand presses the paper, one hand writes the pen, and the two eyes look straight at the nib of the pencil.

The second step: Use Firesara Pencil Grips for writing. Here I use its best-selling elephant shape and owl shape pencil grip as an example to explain how to use: 

The owl grip and elephant grip

The owl grip has 3 finger holes for the thumb, forefinger and middle finger, and the fourth finger has a small "tail". Each finger has its position. And its color is divided into the blue colors that the boys like and the pink colors that the girls like.

The elephant grip has 3 finger holes for the thumb, forefinger and middle finger. It's a bit simpler to use than an owl grip.

Of course, he still has a lot of classifications. If you are interested, you can check out this article for a detailed introduction to Firesara Pencil Grips:

The third step:Choose a favorite Chinese copybook for your practice.

  Chinese copybook

The fourth step: You must practice your eyes first, carefully read the copybook, and watch it with all your heart. The more you read, the more your brain will adapt and know how to write. The key to writing Chinese characters is to master the structure of the words. Start with the basic strokes and keep it, and then write more and more beautiful.

the posture of child and adult

Writing Chinese is a brand new thing for foreigners. No matter whether adults or children can write, it is the same level of learning. It is just that adults need to change the writing habits that have already formed. So how can adults develop beautiful Chinese character? Why do some people practice so hard, but the effect is not satisfactory? Here are some questions for you to pay attention to, and hope to bring you some inspiration.

  • Time. There is no need to pay much attention to the time of practicing the word, as long as there is paper and pen. If you have time, sit down and write. You can also write when you can't think of what to do at the moment. In short, as long as there is a heart of word-writing, there are always paper and pen on the table, you can use a variety of free time to practice the Chinese character.
  • Confidence. Some people have time, but they have not sat down to practice. The reason is probably that they have not written well before, and now they have lost confidence. If this is the case, please don't be discouraged. Be sure to have confidence in yourself. We must believe that efforts will pay off.
  • Method. When practicing the word, we need to return to the state of the child, buy a copybook, use our Firesara Pencil Grips and insist on practicing every day. After a while, you will find that your handwriting has changed a lot.

The human body is very wonderful. Following this method, according to the principle of human brain conditioning, it can make the body quickly remember the standard font, let us write the calligrapher's font in a short time! It’s amazing, isn’t it? Of course, we all know that learning is endless, and it’s more like a boat sailing against the current must forge ahead or it will be driven back. After achieving amazing results, you still have to continue to practice for a while, and the effect will be better consolidated.

The Chinese old saying goes: The boxer's fist must stick to its task, and the singer's mouth no rest just ask. Long-term practice can be the best. Finally, I wish everyone can work hard to achieve their goals. And I hope that more and more foreign friends will fall in love with China by learning Chinese and understanding Chinese culture.

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