“Once you’ve decided that something’s absolutely true, you’ve closed your mind on it, and a closed mind doesn’t go anywhere. Question everything. That’s what education’s all about.”
“I” OR “い” SAYS “EE”
The first stroke looks a little like a fish hook (but not quite written that way). Make a slightly curved vertical line down, then (without picking up your pen) give it a small up-stroke. These characters were originally written with a brush, and this was just a small pull upwards that gave it flair. It shouldn’t be too deliberate – more a fast pull than anything.
Second, on the right – make a vertical line downwards slightly curved to the left.
EXAMPLES (FROM TOP 1000 JAPANESE WORDS)
- しかい (Shikai) = Dentist
- せんせい (Sensei) = Teacher
- い (i) = Stomach
“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
~ Patrick Rothfuss
LOL! I admit that as a historian, I tend to enjoy things that most find incredibly boring. I actually like reading biographies and books talking about the life of Marie Antoinette, Mata Hari, Nero, and other famous figures. But, I realize that many in the world do not share my great love.
So, in honor of both the historian and the non-historian, I would like to recommend BBC’s Horrible Histories (posted on Youtube by gazza6359). These films are short (5 minutes), hilarious, and present history is a theater-esque fashion. Sometimes slightly crude, but always good for a laugh, these videos teach history from a new standpoint–no more long-winded books! Just funny movies set in olden days talking about the mysteries of history. Give them a try!