20 Food names in Katakana

Quick review on the katakana you have learned.
Extended katakana list

Let’s learn some food names in katakana! Be careful on some of the pronunciations since they can sound very different from English words.

Food Romaji English
パン pan bread ⁺
ケーキ ki cake
チーズ chīzu cheese
チョコレート chokorēto chocolate
カレー ka curry rice
デザート deto dessert
フライドチキン furaido chikin fried chicken
ポテト poteto fried potatoes
ハンバーガー hanbā hamburger
アイスクリーム aisu kumu ice cream
ランチ ranchi lunch set
ピザ piza pizza
ポーク ku pork
ラーメン men ramen
ライス raisu rice
サラダ sarada salad
サンドイッチ sandoicchi sandwich
スパゲッティ supagetti spaghetti
ステーキ suki steak
トースト tōsuto toast
- (Pitch accent in bold) -

⁺ パン came from Portuguese pão, not from English bread.

Let’s practice!
What’s your favorite Japanese food? (Answer in either katakana or hiragana) ___

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November 7, 2017


アイスクリーム for sure!

November 8, 2017

as for Japanese food, ラーメン is my fav.

November 8, 2017

Thank you - that's really helpful for practice.

Similarly, we reviewed clothing items in class yesterday - all katakana, certainly challenging. (Btw, you know how DL makes such a big deal about パンツ being underwear, and ズボン being pants? From what I learned yesterday, パンツ can be "pants", too - it's all a matter of pitch accent. Unfortunately, I still have some trouble recognizing it.)

November 8, 2017
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I am lost: why exactly would Japanese spell "rice" using katakana when they have ご飯 - gohan (and probably a few other, more specific terms). To the best of my knowledge, katakana is used mostly to write loan words (an yes, ramen is a loan word - it came from Chinese), but why on Earth would they need a loan word for rice?

November 8, 2017

imiwa? says that ライス is used for western-style rice served on a plate and not in a bowl. (See also カレーライス.)

November 8, 2017

Get used to it, as you study Japanese. ;) They are fond of using English loan words, when they have perfectly good words of their own.

In the case of rice, you really only see ライス in situations where it's a rice dish that's not really 和食 (washoku), as in curry (カレーライス) or オムライス.

November 16, 2017


November 8, 2017

ラーメンが大好き ฅ(≚‘x‘≚)

January 22, 2018

FYI: I just found out that there is a ramen place in Tokyo with a Michelin star. Unfortunately, it is one of those restaurants where you have to pull a ticket from a machine, and I haven't learned how to work those (yet). BUT I am taking the photo of the automat to class on Thursday, so I will learn.

January 22, 2018

Many food names are similar not only to the english version (as you may have already noticed in hamburger for example), but to spanish and portuguese as well, probably because of the trading during the late middle ages. A great example of this, is パン which is pronounced as "Pan". It's pronounced the same, and has same meaning, in spanish. Also, サラダ (sarada) has same pronunciation and meaning in portuguese, except the "r" is pronounced as an "L" because japanese doesnt have "L".
Making connections to languages you already know is a great way of remembering vocabulary! 言語は楽しいです!! (Languages are fun!!! :D)

February 25, 2018


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November 8, 2017

デザートです, all of them.

November 8, 2017

Did anyone notice Hamburger is not ハムバーガー but ハンバーガー?

A ham sandwich is somehow ハムサンド; a ham salad is ハムサラダ.

Actually when ん is before a syllable of b and p, its sound changes to m.

November 8, 2017

When I go out to japanese restaurants with my family, I'm not too into sushi, I normally order 照り焼き or 枝豆 -- てりやき and えだまめ

November 8, 2017

i'm very like ramen

November 10, 2017


November 12, 2017

たこやき! It's so good :)

November 16, 2017


November 18, 2017

カレー! Curry Rice is delicious. <3

November 19, 2017


November 23, 2017

ラーメン - Ramen

January 15, 2018


February 13, 2018

カレライスが大好き! I love Coco Ichibanya curry especially.

February 20, 2018


February 22, 2018

ライス,スパゲッティ,カレー! おいしい~

October 26, 2018

Thanks Duo Very Cool!

November 12, 2018
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