Type  Formation

A typical Chinese word is formed by strokes and radicals. Basic Chinese characters such as "一" and "口" are formed with strokes along. These strokes are guided by the "Eight Principles of Yong". It formed the basis of all Chinese characters and serve as a beginning lesson to understand Chinese type.

Principles of Yong

1 — Dot
2 — Horizontal Line
3 — Vertical Line
4 — Hook
5 — Raise
6 — Bend Curve
7 — Short Slant
8 — Right Slant


With more basic characters formed, these character can easily become a radical. A radical is often put in place alongside other radicals to make a new character.

A radical size, stroke and weight will change according to the composition of the words.