Chinese characters are square-shaped written symbols to record the Chinese language. They are composed at three levels: strokes, components and the whole characters. Strokes are the smallest constituents of Chinese characters. In writing, a single movement of the pen (from the point where it touches the paper to the place where it is lifted) is called a stroke.
一、“一” 横 [héng]
The first stroke is called héng, or horizontal, and looks like this:
If you look at it carefully, you will notice that it is not a simple straight line. It is not quite horizontal but slants slightly upward, and it is bent without looking crooked, like a flexible twig or a bone.
To write the stroke, set your pen down at the left with a certain force. Then move it slightly downward and to the right. This gives you the little ingress at the left-the well-defined start, separate from the rest of the stroke, like the tensing of muscles before a jump. Execute the stroke itself more quickly, and finish by again pressing more firmly and moving the pen slightly down and to the right. It will feel very awkward to write so carefully, but your speed will soon increase.
Avoid the following mistakes:
Matchstick. The beginning and end are missing, and the result is stiff and wooden.
Bent stick. The beginning and end have taken over too much of the stroke, so it does not look straight anymore.
Here are some exercises. Note the stroke order!
一 (yī, one)
二 (èr, two)
十 (shí, ten)
Héng is rather hard to write. If you feel frustrated, try the next stroke for a while and then return to héng.
二、汉字“一” Chinese Character "一"
英译：one / 1 / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire / whole / all / throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) / also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
一个[yí gè] a / an
一些[yì xiē] some / a few / a little
一种[yì zhǒng] one kind of / one type of
一次[yí cì] first / first time / once / (math.) linear (of degree one)
一样[yí yàng] same / like / equal to / the same as / just like
第一[dì yī] first / number one
一点[yì diǎn] a bit / a little / one dot / one point / 1:00 (one o'clock)
Let me have a try.
He won the first prize.
I will go over and take a look.
She is a little shy.
Our bags are the same.
I need to be in a meeting this afternoon.