Katakana Page 03
KATAKANA PART 3
Let’s take a look at the S’s. You may want to make flashcards to practice by.
サ – sa – as in SOlitude
NOTE: This is the first ‘irregular’ pronunciation. You would think it would be ‘si’ but don’t forget the middle ‘H’. Someone is pulling down a SHEet from a closet. Or SHE always smiles tilting her head.
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 &
How do you read these Katakana characters? What English words do they sound out?
キス ____________ This
means ____________ [This is usually written in hiragana and is a traditional Japanese drink]
サイ _____________ This
means Rhino [Sorry, you probably couldn’t guess this meaning, but try to read it!]
アシ _____________ This
means ______________ [means a body part in Japanese (again usually written in hiragana or kanji]
ケース _____________ This means ______________ [something you carry – remember the ー means to make the previous sound longer]
アース _____________ This means ______________ [No, it doesn’t mean a body part! Remember Japanese doesn’t have a ‘TH’ sound and think of a planet]
Perhaps you can recognize
these 5 in just one day of practice.
kisu This means KISS
サケ sake This means SAKE
サイ sai This
アシ ashi This
ケース ke-su This means CASE
アース a-su This means EARTH
Think you have it all down pat?
Click here to take the Quiz
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