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18 months ago
I got confused about hand-written 6, it looks like 4 to me.

And looked up
from https://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2013/04/16/chinese-numbers-where-4-meets-6

I'm a Chinese from North coastal part of China mainland, I'd say I didn't notice this problem until I visited the US and read some letters. Unbelievable, I didn't find this during my 6 years stay in Sydney Area, Australia.

Here is my thought: let's start from how to write the 4 and 6.

A 6 written in stroke by myself start with slash / , from upper right, end with a small circle, either end in middle air or touch the slash. The problem I went into was if I wrote too fast I could make the circle too high to close near the starting point, a 6 may look like a 0.

How to write a 4 in my version, a L and then slightly raise up pen, or back to desired cross point then up and down, first practice may left a stroke between - |. *This is the point non-Chinese care, and Chinese not mind.* If one 4 moved the end to left portion, I consider it is bad writing but still a 4 as it have the end out. My problem was, my 4 may look like 9 on upper part so I will try not to enclose.

We write hieroglyphic text, so the characters we use are easily distinguishable from Arabic Numerals.

Now here is the point: 4 in English context hand-writing may not have vertical stroke and horizontal stroke connected on upper-right, this is not a concern to Chinese people.

4 in our thinking, defined by a slash connect to a cross, while the way to draw the cross not matter. We think the any tails stroke out from above, I mean below the horizontal stroke is indicating this character is a 4. As I mentioned above, a 6 to Chinese people, may tail out of left vertical line over horizontal one.

Both sides will get confused, Chinese may connect the right and upper point of the cross but won't press hard the way you writing the 6. I think most people's practice here, won't get confused since 4 is not an option in mind when spot the cross have right top connected. Then here is the common Chinese way of judge below: A is 6; B looks like a 6, but it tip on middle of the horizontal line, not to left, bad writing; C and D and E, some would question why press on connection between right to up on paper, am I right on mind are they something other than 4? If they are 6 why do they have tail cross bottom line?

"Once you cross the line down the bottom, you are no longer 6."
Most Chinese never think of a 6 would have end finished down below, they do ether go up and stop in mid space, or connect to left.

Now I have another question:
May the 6 end in middle space confuse you too?
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18 months ago
From my handwriting, E and F are most likely 4s with the rest being 6s.

I write 6 by starting at the triple-point in the middle and moving rightwards to form the bottom circle in a clockwise direction. The circle enlarges slightly, meets the starting point, then smoothly continues upwards to end in the top right. I am aware that I write 6 in the reverse way that it is taught locally.

I write a 4 by starting from the top left and making a short, wide, L. Then I put a horizontal line going from the top to the bottom which bisects the foot of the L.
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18 months ago
For me the clear distinction is that I always write a 4 using two lines. If there is no second beginning, it's not a four. Thus I'd declare everything A-E as a 6. They have neither sharp edges (computer font) nor more than one beginning and ending.
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18 months ago
I always got fucked because my a and o's look identical
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I have around three different handwriting fonts and i alternate between them in the same sentence without noticing.



Also this thread is a secret ploy to train a new generation of captcha solvers.
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18 months ago
EErankAdminAnarchid where's the four in that example?
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18 months ago
Probably the first, Dein, maybe second too
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18 months ago
Looks like
4 9 9
6 6 [leaf]
to me.
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18 months ago
I have a similar problem with 1 and 2 because I write 1 with the base at the bottom.
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18 months ago
^ looks to me like
 6   4
5ix four
-Snaman
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18 months ago
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7 months ago
Honestly whoever writes like that has terrible handwriting and should go back to learning the basics.
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Back in school they used to try and teach us cursive handwriting. They basically told us to "join the letters" and as a result my handwriting is terrible. In university I made an active effort to write normally and the result is a lot more readable. Cursive handwriting was probably more readable back in the days of the Old English language, but is only a detriment to neatness today. One benefit of cursive, is that you can write a bit faster since you need to take your pen off the paper less... in theory. It's just hard to handle certain combinations of characters, i.e. 'z' and 's', or 'g' (in cursive, a 'z' looks almost identical to a lowercase normal 'g' but most people don't write it like that anymore- however the normal 'z' doesn't flow as well). Point being cursive is awful.
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