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Katakana Page 01


So you want to learn
Katakana? Great! You will soon notice how similar it is with
Hiragana. However there are some important differences. Although
you don’t have to learn Hiragana before doing this page, I
recommend it if you are not living in Japan. Hiragana is used
much more in writing. But Katakana is used when writing foreign
loanwords and in advertizing. Therefore, Katakana is very useful
for the foreigner IN Japan.

Download our FREE Katakana Flashcards and Practice Writing Pad

Each Lesson will tackle 5 characters. If you haven’t studied Hiragana yet, I would recommend starting with it.

Today’s lesson will teach you the vowel
sounds in Japanese.  These are the SAME SOUNDS as the
Hiragana vowels.

Basically, like Spanish, there are 5 vowel
sounds.  a, i, u, e, o.

– a    – as in fAther, Ah
it looks like a capital A leaning over (doing exercises)

– i    – as in fEEt
It looks like a lowercase i with a hat on instead of a dot

– u    – as in fOOd
It looks like a mouth about to eat fOOd

– e    – as in eh? or hAte
It looks like a capital I but it is really an Eh sound

– o    – knOw
It looks like someone kicking something “OH OH!”

These are the first 5 letters in katakana.
Write them out 10 times a day and soon you will get it.  To
aid memorization, make silly associations to go
with them. You can use the above mnemonics or you can make your own!


you write the above katakana 10 times? Did you sound them out as
well? Well, do it again! And then take the following test &
Javascript quiz (see link below)…


How do you read these Katakana characters? What English words are they?

エア ____________    This
means ____________
アイ ____________    This
means ____________
イア _____________   This
means _____________
オア _____________    This
means ______________ (think of a row boat)

Click here to check
your answers

Perhaps you can recognize
these 5 in just one day of practice.  


This means AIR
アイ  ai This means

イア    ia This
means EAR
オア   oa   This
means OAR

Think you have it all down pat?

Click here to take the Quiz

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