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2.2: Lesson 1 Writing Worksheets

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  • Last week, you learned about the basics of how to write characters, using radicals.  In lesson 1, you are learning a number of new vocabulary terms.  Now, I'd like you to practice writing this new vocabulary.  To do this, you should print out the following worksheets, available as a PDF file:

      Lesson 1 Writing Worksheets

    After printing these worksheets, simply trace the sample characters provided, and then continue to write the characters in the blank spaces.  Be sure to follow the indicated stroke order carefully.  It is essential that you pay attention to stroke order, and build good habits for writing Chinese characters from the very beginning.  Remember to write strokes from left to right, and from top to bottom.  Be sure that vertical strokes are written perfectly vertically, as shown in the example templates provided.

    You can also continue to practice by writing on a separate sheet.  If you use lined paper, you might consider writing your characters large enough that they take up 2 or 3 lines at a time.

    For easy reference, you can also view a list of the characters included on these worksheets at the Lesson 1 Word List, including tools to listen to a recording of each word.  This list is hosted by

    Question: For the writing worksheets, what are we supposed to write in the top blank column on the writing practice and the blank ones at the bottom? 

    Answer: Here's a sample of the lesson 1 writing worksheet, to clarify:

    Sample from lesson 1 writing worksheet

    In the row at the top, where you see the pinyin text nín, you should write that pinyin to review the pronunciation for the character.  In the middle row of square-framed boxes, you should write the full character 15 times, once for each box.  In the bottom row, you should trace the red line, to practice writing the character with the correct stroke order.

    I recommend completing it in the following order:

    1. First, trace the red lines to learn the stroke order.
    2. Then, write the full character (using the proper stroke order) in the first box of the middle row.
    3. Last, alternate writing the pinyin above and the full character below, for each successive box.
    4. If you'd like to review further, you can continue to write the same character in any empty boxes in the bottom row.

    Once you have completed the worksheets by writing in characters by hand, you should submit them via the Laulima Homework Uploads tool.  There are two ways you can do this.  I recommend trying method #1 first and, if that doesn't work for you, try method #2.

    1. Use the camera app on your mobile phone or other camera-enabled device to scan the QR code for Homework Uploads.  You can find this code in the syllabus, in class announcements, and in our class overview page.  This QR code should take you directly to the Homework Uploads tool.  There, you should choose the option to upload files, and then choose the option to take a photo to upload.  Take a picture of the worksheet you have completed by hand.  Do this multiple times, taking a photo of each page you have completed.
    2. Alternatively, if the QR code does not work for you, or if you prefer to upload using a desktop computer or other device without a camera, you can use this direct link to the Homework Uploads tool.  If you choose this method, it would be helpful to have all your pages scanned together into one PDF file.  Nonetheless, you can still upload separate files for each page, if you like. 

    If you encounter any technical issues while uploading your work to the Homework Uploads tool, please don't hesitate to ask me questions via email at, or ask by posting in the Class Forums.

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