Medieval Calligraphy & Language
By: Elizabeth Weidner
-Calligraphy is the art of writing beautifully.
-Every well-educated person was expected to practice it.
-A person's handwriting was considered to reveal much about his or her character.
-During A.D. 500's, the Japanese borrowed China's writing system.
-The Japanese wrote their language in Chinese pictures that stood for whole words.
-Since Japanese and Chinese were such different languages, the Japanese found it difficult to use these characters.
-In A.D. 800's, the Japanese added symbols that stood for sounds like the English alphabet.
-That addition made writing and reading much easier for the Japanese.