Saturday, December 2, 2017

Katakana カタカナ

The katakana カタカナ is one of the three Japanese "alphabets". It's counterpart of the hiragana ひらがな. Both katakana and hiragana are sometimes referred to as kana かな.

Unlike the kanji 漢字, whose readings may vary depending on the word, the way a kana such as katakana is read always stay the same.

The katakana is normally used to write onomatopoeic words, to write loan-words, and to write foreign (non-Japanese) names. Sometimes it's used to write the readings of kanji in online dictionaries.

Katakana Chart

For reference, the romaji chart including only the katakana and its compound kana:

A katakana chart with romaji. アイウエオ, かきくけこ, さしすせそ, etc.

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