Learning Japanese is quite challenging, but Duolingo is here to help! After learning Hiragana, you’ll learn Katakana, the second set of Japanese writing system. Katakana is mainly used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese.
This chart starts from upper right hand side corner, and goes down from top to bottom.
Here’s the katakana list with stroke order. This chart doesn’t have romaji for those who know the katakana already and need to learn how to write them. click to enlarge
Here’re the first five letters and pronounce as short vowel sounds.
|Hiragana||あ い う え お|
|Katakana||ア イ ウ エ オ|
|Romaji||a i u e o|
|Pronunciation||/a/ /i/ /u/ /e/ /o/|
Hiragana and katakana have the exact same pronunciations.
|-||Learning Katakana - consonants|
|Hiragana||あ か さ た な は|
|Katakana||ア カ サ タ ナ ハ|
|Romaji||a ka sa ta na ha|
|Hiragana||ま や ら わ を ん|
|Katakana||マ ヤ ラ ワ ヲ ン|
|Romaji||ma ya ra wa wo n|
Do you know any katakana words in Japanese? Please share with us in comments.
Japanese is unreadable without the Katakana, because it is used for foreign words to help the Japanese say them correctly and such words are all over the place, therefore Katakana being deeply mixed with the Hiragana, so are there any plans to add it to the course? To be honest, without both the Hiragana and Katakana you should have just stuck to the Romaji, learning only half of it isn't of any use.