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The Chinese word shou - 手 - shŏu
(hand in Chinese)

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English translation


Chinese character and stroke order animation"How do I write 手 ( shŏu ) correctly?"

The strokes that all Chinese characters are composed of are to be written in a certain order which has originally been defined by Chinese calligraphy. Writing all characters according to the same rules assures that their intended shape and style are generally preserved even if written by different writers.
This dictionary shows you the correct stroke order as an animation for all characters so you can learn and understand how to write the character correctly.

Chinese characters  ( shou / shŏu ) with pronunciation (English translation: hand )
The traditional Chinese characters of shŏu are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.
Chinese Pinyin example sentence with 手 ( shou / shŏu ) Writing in Pinyin
Before using this Pinyin example sentence, consider that Chinese characters should always be your first choice in written communication.
If you cannot use Chinese characters, it is preferable to use the Pinyin with tones. Only use the Pinyin without tones if there's no other option (e.g. writing a text message from/to a mobile phone that doesn't support special characters such as ā, í, ŏ, ù).

Qing ba ni de shou gei wo
Qĭng bă nĭ de shŏu gĕi wŏ
 – English translation: Please give me your hand.

Usage as a radical
手 can also be used as a radical, i.e. as a sub-component of a Chinese character. It is then called shŏuzìpáng.
Character complexity
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is composed of 4 strokes and therefore is of very low complexity compared to the other simplified Chinese characters (average: 13.1 strokes).

Tags and additional information
(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

glove  |  a watch
手 ( shou / shŏu ) belongs to the 100 most common Chinese characters (rank 77)
Chinese example words containing the character 手 ( shou / shŏu )
扳手 ( bānshŏu = spanner ), 动手 ( dòngshŏu = to get to work ), 空手道 ( Kōngshŏudào = Karate ), 手柄 ( shŏubĭng = hand shank ), 手表 ( shŏubiăo = watch ), 手动工具 ( shŏudònggōngjù = hand tool ), 手工 ( shŏugōng = handwork ), 手机 ( shŏujī = mobile phone ), 手机铃声 ( shŏujī língshēng = ringtone ), 手术 ( shŏushù = surgery ), 手套 ( shŏutào = glove ), 手提包 ( shŏutíbāo = handbag ), 手续 ( shŏuxù = formality ), 手艺 ( shŏuyì = craft ), 握手 ( wòshŏu = to shake hands ), 洗手间 ( xĭshŏujiān = toilet ), 智能手表 ( zhìnéngshŏubiăo = smart watch ), 智能手环 ( zhìnéngshŏuhuán = smart band )
Other characters that are pronounced shŏu in Chinese

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