June 25, 2017



Are all non-Japanese names written in Katakana? What about Chinese names?

June 25, 2017


Loanwords and foreign names are written in katakana. Chinese and Japanese names are written with their kanji.

July 16, 2017


I don't think chinese names are written in kanji. The chinese name "王" is pronounced like "wong", but the 王 kanji is pronounced "oh". It could still be spelled with kanji, but it would be hard to pronounce for japanese people.

June 7, 2018


I'm pretty sure Katakana is for foreign names and words, but I'm not 100% on that. I just started learning a week or so ago.

July 10, 2017


I believe you are right

December 20, 2017


That's right!

December 23, 2017



November 11, 2017


You can write chinese names in katakana, in most books I've read, they are in katakana

June 16, 2018


Why is it not マリヤ instead and is there any difference? Asking from the sound side, not the written one (since in English it's 'a' and not 'ya')

February 20, 2018


My Japanese teacher once told us that you can write your name however you personally like it written and pronounced, personal preference, so if you were called Maria and preferred to pronounce it with more of a "ya" sound at the end, you would be able to do that, there isn't one specific "right" way.

April 17, 2018


Good to know because, for example, "Maria" in Russian is pronounced with a strong 'ya' at the end. So マリヤ is more suitable for Slavic Mariyas =^..^=

September 27, 2018


Why on earth there has to be many different marks for one sound and even mixing up katakana with hiragana? This is gonna be hard...

There should be mentioning in the Duolingo that "hey, now lets learn katakana" cos i didn't realise first what these were + some list of all the "learned" words where it would be easy to go and check them out...

March 7, 2018


I agree. You guys should have exercises for kitakana only. Like the exercises for hiragana. It would help a looooot. But I am linking the course though. Never thought about learning japanese before. Duolingo changed that.

But I wish the course could have more grammar tips. Hope these things get fixed after the beta.

May 10, 2018


How do I write a Korean name in Japanese? (Don't be edgy and say "You write a Japanese name")

January 31, 2018


I would assume you write it in katakana, since it might be a foreign name.

June 5, 2018


Katana is a phonetic language used to describe individual syllables. So it is used to pronounce things that are not originally Japanese. The word/name "Maria", obviously doesn't have Japanese origins, so it would be pronounced "Mah-Ree-Ah" (Even this is phonetic spelling.)

March 15, 2018


How do you type this on a mobile Japanese keyboard?

June 7, 2018


My name is maria

October 26, 2018


how am I supposed to type that on an English keyboard?

April 23, 2019


Okay, so am I the only who feels as though they aren't really retaining any of the lessons? I write it all down, and I practice saying them, but I am still having a hard time understanding the sentence structures and all

April 26, 2019


Your voice says "John", but indicates that the correct answer is "Maria".

April 27, 2019
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