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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


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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?


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.)


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.


アイスクリーム for sure!


as for Japanese food, ラーメン is my fav.


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.)




たこやき! It's so good :)


ラーメンが大好き ฅ(≚‘x‘≚)


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.

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