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Learn English with this calligraphy English lesson

Date: Jan 15 2014

Themes: Hobbies, Party

Grammar: Adjectives

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Have you ever opened your mailbox to find an invitation to a wedding, an anniversary party, or a fancy charity dinner? Most likely, it didn’t look like everyday junk mail! When people want to make an invitation stand out and look nice, they often start with the writing.

Calligraphy is the hand-written lettering you’ll see on many invitations, certificates, and awards. It takes quite of bit of time to learn the strokes for each letter, and even once you know how to do it, writing individual letters can be time-consuming. Of course, printing cards on a computer is much easier than writing things by hand, but learning the lost art of calligraphy can also give you a skill not many people have.

Lily received an invitation in the mail, but she doesn’t know what to do with it. Find out why in this English lesson.

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Jeff

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Lily

Lily

Lily:  So, Jeff, I got this wedding invitation in the mail, and…

Jeff:  Oh, yeah?

Lily:  it was just this blank piece of paper with all this squiggly writing on it. It was so over the top, I didn’t even know how to deal with it.

Jeff:  So, you mean somebody hand-wrote it?

Lily:  Maybe. I guess. What is that called?

Jeff:  Calligraphy.

Lily:  Oh yeah! It was pretty and stuff. But I just don’t see what the point is when you could just print it out on a computer or something.

Jeff:  It’s a wedding invitation, so it’s a special thing for the people getting married, so they created a special item to announce that.

Lily:  Fair enough. But isn’t that kind of time-consuming, especially if you’re inviting 100 people to your wedding, to hand-write each single card?

Jeff:  Well, they hired somebody for that, and they want to make the people invited feel special.

Lily:  Maybe I should learn more about it, I guess. I never thought about that, making your writing actually look nice. Mine looks awful!

Jeff:  It takes quite of bit of precision. It’s a very refined skill. It’s difficult, and it makes things stand out. I like it.

 

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Lily received a wedding invitation in the mail, and she isn’t sure what to think. She’s surprised that it’s hand-written. Taking that much time to write something seems over the top to her, especially when a computer would make the work go much more quickly.

Jeff explains that people use calligraphy to tell others about special events. Because it takes so long to do, handwriting is something that makes people feel special. Invitations stand out when they’re written by hand.

Lily listens to Jeff’s opinion, and she might even start practicing some fancy lettering.

Have you ever received a hand-written invitation? What does your handwriting look like?

 

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have received many wedding invitation cards with calligraphy,my handwrinting isn’t 100% refined but  it is not bad either.my family like my calligraphy.it is really lost art these days.

12:01 PM Mar 02 2014 |

ttsuka

ttsuka

Japan

Jeff’s replies are uninspiring.  He does not explain well to Lily the important social meaning of calligraphy even in today’s e-everything world. Lily is acting hard here as clueless, we don’t need another clueless, who seems naturally so. 

01:48 PM Feb 01 2014 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

I deal with lots of them. Most of them relate to wedding invitation. Indeed they did not send specifically and directly to me bcz all of them invited my parents not including me unless in special cases. However i got some of these valuable piece of sheets as my certificated letters for presenting my papers at different conferences. Herein of course some people invite others with calligraphy letters for kinda big party. 


Some of them look like really an amazing and over the top art treasure. Actually I love words that take parts in it much more than calligraphy form. BCZ bunch of them make very sense to me. 

01:18 PM Jan 19 2014 |

hattomi

hattomi

Yemen

I’m wondering how many skills do these poeple on Ebaby (Lily and jeff and the others ) want to learn and practice!!!? ,,,, haha  _  kidding…..

I never had a hand-written invitation. I mean to wedding party or anywhere else .

but I’m sculpting the letters on the wood for my friends in their birthday to invite them to someplace they love .

03:24 AM Jan 19 2014 |

lailae3

lailae3

Åland Islands

me and my family have received only once a hand wrriten invitation. it was invitation for a wedding relatives and it is so stand out.


i think it is pity that people stopped to use it.


sending invitation as lily recevied is really over the top!

12:41 AM Jan 18 2014 |

dearishtaq

India

In my place, people still hand-write each invitation letter. My handwriting is not so good, but you must see my brother’s handwriting, it makes you feel like printed.

01:17 PM Jan 15 2014 |

Zambuka

Zambuka

United States

it’s a lost art, but it’s worth the effort)


it’s actually very nice that the person tries to hone every single letter to make you feel special) not a lazy computer printed stuff))

10:48 AM Jan 15 2014 |

finna.liu

finna.liu

China

i seem  not to receive any handwritten invitation…and people in China usually invite others by mobile phone.  And for my handwriting ,i think it’s not not good… But Chinese handwriting is thought as an art work!if you want to know chinese handwritingyou can google it!

08:54 AM Jan 15 2014 |

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lira_

lira_

Russian Federation

In my opinion it isn’t ok, that people almost don’t write by a pen nowdays. Computers have replaced a lot of things which people did by their hands before. Of course it’s more comfortable and that’s cool. But handwriting is good too.


I haven’t received any invitations, but I had some penfriends a few years ago. It’s really great to receive hand-written letters, aspecially with drawings and stickers in it ^^ And I like to write letters too)

05:26 AM Jan 15 2014 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Computers,email, smart phones are making our handwriting obsolete-a lost art. The only things that seems to get written down anymore is the grocery list tacked to the refrigerator. My handwriting was very poor  ,and of course i wasn´t satisfied  with myself that after going to school still  i hadn´t be able to master the art of writing  in an elegant way. Then what ?  i bought a fountain pen, ink  and a calligraphy book  and devoted  each day  to improve  my writing skills. To a large extent  i  must say that now  i write fairly well thanks to the writing exercises.  Yes, I agree with Jeff that  the people wanted to make the invitation special. 

05:11 AM Jan 15 2014 |

AryelLanes

AryelLanes

Brazil

When I was in High School, my calligraphy was almost perfect! Everyone enjoyed staring at it for a while… They told me it looked like as if it was made on the computer. 


As I’ve been only using my iDevices and my PC, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything by hand – except for my signature. Maybe I should work on it again so it doesn’t become a lost art! hahaha

03:47 AM Jan 15 2014 |

ping``

ping``

China

Actually I m so crazy about the calligraphy.


Ppl now all resort  to depending on the computer in all the ways except the sex. They tend to spend more time with computer .Like the writer now ,they write and type infront of computer.Cant deny that it s more convinient in a way. But i still can get ride of the calligraphy.


Like the feeling when writing on the paper and hearing the sounds when the pen go walking on it.And the feeling of hand touching with the books.Its traditonal but feel inner peace and quiet.

09:10 PM Jan 14 2014 |

Odyssee

Odyssee

China

yeah nowadays the pc makes relationship between people both close and far away, like on ebaby even we dont see eachother , we can meet friends from all over the world . but meanwhile, it seems that we have spent so many time on net  safaring ,playing games ,studying , or doing many other things that we dont have enough time to have dinner with parents , let alone sit down and chat with them .


besides, we’re losing something important and valuable . like calligraphy . it’s so easy and convenient to send an invitation or mail on net that most of people dont choose to do that by hand . including myself .


honestly, i love hand-writing very much . my friends said that my hand-writing look very good . i think so too . i practised hand-writing in high school .


actually in university i wrote letters by hand , also i received hand-writing letters from friends too . now i saved them in my box . sometimes i read them . it’s really memorable .


if now someone sends me a hand-writing letter . i’m sure i’ll be very excited . haha .

06:56 PM Jan 14 2014 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

No, Odyssee, it’s not made by me. I think it’s just painted on canvas. Yes, it’s a beautiful project with drawing and lettering. The compliment to the creator of it.

05:54 PM Jan 14 2014 |

Odyssee

Odyssee

China

Dear ola33


the pic u posted was a cross stitch ,right ? it was made by yourself ? it looks fantastic .

05:48 PM Jan 14 2014 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Absolutely, calligraphy is the lost art. I’ve been aiming and trying my hand at it for a long time. It’s not that easy, but with practice, the skill will stay. I use it for resolutions, for ideas that inspire you. They’re beautifully perfomed and you want to come back to them and read it many many times. It’s quite eye-candy. I think calligraphy is liked also by those who like drinking teas. It’s a part of Chinese art and kind of meditation. And it traines as well drawing skills. It can be used for many projects, like making a small book - fairy tale, or just writed to someone Happy Birthday or Thank you.


05:31 PM Jan 14 2014 |

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