How do the Chinese people learn calligraphy?

First, choose a style to imitate according to copybooks, called Zi Tie (字帖) or Zi Pu (字谱) in Chinese, which are collections of standard calligraphic characters or articles written by famous calligraphists. Begin from simple characters to complex ones, from single words to complete sentences. Find the deficiencies during writing and try to revise them by doing concentrated exercise on these characters. The last thing to be mentioned is no shortcuts, 'practice makes perfect', large efforts devoted will bring considerable gains.