Katakana

46 Basic Katakana

Katakana is one of three scripts used in Japanese and consists of 46 characters, just like hiragana. Some katakana and hiragana look similar. Katakana is generally used to write words borrowed from other languages, such as the names of people and countries. Katakana is also used for onomatopoeia which imitate sounds or describe a state of being. In addition, katakana is sometimes used for […]

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Katakana: Glides

The same as hiragana, glides are contracted sounds which are formed by adding a small や /ya/, ゆ /yu/ or よ /yo/ after a character with a consonant end with /i/ sound . Listen to each line by clicking on the audio below the chart. While listening, read each katakana glide combination and repeat after

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Katakana: Voiced Sounds

The same as hiragana, adding dakuten or han-dakuten after certain katakana indicates that the consonant will be voiced. Dakuten, or colloquially ten-ten, are two lines that look similar to a quotation mark. Han-dakuten, or colloquially maru, is a small circle. They are placed in the right upper corner of the character. Listen to each line

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46 Basic Katakana & Practice

Katakana is one of three scripts used in Japanese and consists of 46 characters, just like hiragana. Some katakana and hiragana look similar. Katakana is generally used to write words borrowed from other languages, such as the names of people and countries. Katakana is also used for onomatopoeia which imitate sounds or describe a state of being. In addition, katakana is sometimes used for

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Getting Started: Activity 4: Writing Non-Japanese Names in Katakana

れんしゅう /re-n-shu-u/ #1: Read the article and examine the flash cards with examples of names in katakana. Brief Explanation on How to Write Non-Japanese Names in Katakana Non-Japanese names are usually written in katakana, though some people are able to choose kanji that match the sound of his or her name as well are depict

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