Wrong stroke order increases the likelihood of making errors in writing Chinese Character.
Writing Chinese Character is not like drawing pictures anyway and does not allow random placement of strokes. For example, some may mistake the left part of 那for月, because they share a similar left-falling stroke丿[piě]. In fact, 那begins with a horizontal folding hook stroke ?[héng zhé gōu], but 月begins with a left-falling stroke 丿[piě]. So the writers can easily avoid this mistake and write the correct那if they follow the correct stroke order with亅first.
Correct stroke order makes writing Chinese Character quicker and better.
There is a close relationship between different strokes in a character. It is often the case that the end of one stroke becomes the beginning of the next one. Therefore, only by following the stroke order and paying attention to the positions of the strokes in relation to each other can we be rewarded with fluent handwriting.
An understanding of stroke order helps you use Chinese dictionaries or input Chinese Character into computer more efficiently.
Many Chinese dictionaries and some computer or cell phone input methods are based on stroke order, and understanding the correct stroke order improves your efficiency in sing these tools.
It seems that the stroke order is more important than we thought in our study of Chinese Character, so let's have some practice now. You can also take some time to think how many characters you have already learned before this lesson, and how many you haven't. Don’t feel frustrated if you should make mistakes since now you know the importance of stroke order and will pay more attention. Please determine the stroke order in the following Chinese Character.
我的第二笔是(The third stroke of 我 is)：
他的第四笔是(The fourth stroke of 他 is)：
哪的第四笔是(The fourth stroke of 哪 is)：
奶的第四笔是(The fourth stroke of 奶 is)：
母的第二笔是(The second stroke of 母 is)：