Today, I decided to take on a (friendly) challenge from a Polish reader: write diacritics in calligraphy. This reader was kind enough to provide me with a list of words featuring diacritics and/or difficult letter combinations! Initially, I planned to write words and show you the photos. Then, I realized that it’s probably more helpful for you to see me writing them out to so you can get a peek into my thought process!
Let’s Write Diacritics in Calligraphy!
In case you didn’t know: A “diacritic” is a little symbol that lets you know a letter needs to be pronounced differently than its plain counterpart. Examples include: “ñ”, “á”, “ü”, etc.!
“Czerń” is Polish for “blackness”. This was a fairly easy one to take on!
“Przynajmniej” is Polish for “at least”. I love the balance in this word because there are so many descenders (strokes that extend down)! You’ve also got to appreciate any word that connects an “m” and an “n”.
“Łódź” is Polish for “boat”. The “ł” does trip me up a bit because it’s difficult not to make it look like a “t”!
“Przypadek” is Polish for “coincidence”. I like writing this one out because of the cluster of descenders in the middle of the word!
“Żółć” is Polish for “bile”. Szymon pointed out that this word is pure diacritics!
“Jaźń” is Polish for “consciousness”. This one was pretty easy because my husband has the same accent in his name (“Hernán”); it just appears above different letters here!
“Děkuji” is Czech for “thank you”. I received a request to write out this word from a Czech reader last year, and I decided it would fit well in this list!
“Šťastný” is Czech for “happy”. This one is a bit tough because of the “v” above the “S”. You’ve got to make sure you have enough room at the top of the “S” to put that little “v” there! The apostrophe after the “t” is tough, too. Next time I write it, I’ll put much less distance between the “t” and the “a”!
The majority of TPK readers don’t speak Polish, Czech, or other languages with diacritics or letter combinations that don’t pop up in English. Still, you never know when you’ll run into a name or a foreign address that gives you a challenge! That’s when I hope this article (and these videos) will come in handy.
Thanks very much for reading — and, today, watching — TPK, and have a wspaniale* rest of the day!