Medieval Calligraphy & Language

By: Elizabeth Weidner

Facts:

-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.