Let's Learn Katakana! カタカナ


This entire page is to help you learn to write Katakana. If you haven't learned Hiragana yet, please go to this page first.



Are Hiragana & Katakana different?

Both Hiragana & Katakana are phonetic letters. They tell you how to pronounce the word. But why do we need two sets of letters in Japanese?

The reason is this. We use Hiragana letters to spell Japanese-origin words (e.g., すし sushi) and Katakana letters to spell non-Japanese words that we adapted from other languages. (e.g., コーヒー "coffee")


Hiragana - for spelling Japanese-origin words
Katakana - for spelling non-Japanese words (loan words)

The closest font to handwritten Katakana is Kyokasho-tai (Textbook font). I use the font in the videos below and all of the Katakana materials I provide.


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Katakana Chart and Practice Sheets

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Katakana Lesson Videos


1. Vowels (A, I, U, E, O) & N - アイウエオン

Now let's learn to write Katakana. There are 45 basic Hiragana letters. Have your practice sheets ready and follow the lessons below.

 

2. (Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko) - カキクケコ

 

3. Sa, Shi, Su, Se, So - サシスセソ

 

4. Ta, Chi, Tsu, Te, To - タチツテト

 

5. Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No - ナニヌネノ

 

6. Ha, Hi, Hu (Fu), He, Ho - ハヒフヘホ

 

7. Ma, Mi, Mu, Me, Mo - マミムメモ

 

8. Ya, Yu, Yo, Wa - ヤユヨ&ワ

 

9. Ra, Ri, Ru, Re, Ro - ラリルレロ

 

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