Learn Japanese Script - Hiragana

Lesson 1: Learn Japanese Script: Katakana.
Learn the Katakana Script


Katakana symbols are more sharp and angular than Hiragana symbols.
Katakana symbols are also said 'partial character' which means the character is a part of Kanji character.

Katakana and Hiragana

Like Hiragana scripts, Katakana scripts are the same set of sounds and called "Phonetic Alphabetic" which has got 46 basic Katakana symbols.
Take a look at the exmaple above.
These are the first 5 characters(a, i, u, e, o) both in Katakana and Hiragana.

However, the use of Katakana is totally different to other 2 scritps.
Katakana is often used for representing non-Japanese words:

  1. non-Japanese names: Japanese people often use Katakana script to write non-Japanese names. If you go to a Mcdonalds in Japan, you will see its names written by using Katakana scripts.

    Mcdonals in Japanese Katakana

  2. Words introduced into Japanese Language from other langauge: words such as Stereo can be written with Katakana scripts.

    stereo in Katakana


NEXT: 45 Katakana Chart & Learn How to Write Names with Katakana Script


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