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Learn How to Write in Katakana

Let's practice writing English Names with Katakana Script

What if you want to write your name in Japanese?
It is very common to use Katakana script to write English names in Japanese.
So, let's see how Japanese people write 'Ken' in Japanese.

Frist of all, the Japanese name translation is usually done by using the phonetic translation which means a suitable Katakana character is allocated according to the sound of its name
So, if the name is Ken, there are 2 types of sound that match one of the Katakana symbol from the 45 Katakana chart.


Remember, a chart of Katakana syllabary is called 'a phonetic alphabet'.
So, we decide a Katakana symbol by the sound of its name.

However, some people prefer their names written in Kanji like a Japanese person' name. In that case, you need to have a Japanese person to decide which kanji symbol to use, but unlike Katakana script, writing names in Kanji is more complex.
If you would like to know more information about how to write names in Kanji, please go to this site to see how you name is going to be translated with Japanese Kanji.


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