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.

1 comment:

  1. I love the way this form looks, with all the sharp edges they remind me of a razor sharp katana blade. ^_^ As you also described the others in your section of how hiragana looks chummy and kanji look serious.

    However certain ones always confuse me such as -shi, so, tsu and n. Most places do not give the "lip" or "tail" and just make a curved line, followed by one or two dashes like- " or ' . Here and how I write them, they always have that little extra to help to determine which is which. How exactly are you suppose to know otherwise? I try to look for differences, but when they are not in order of the alphabet, I have a hard time distinguishing between them. I think there might be a small curve that forms at one end or the other, but hardly noticeable to me.

    "No" is not hard to figure out, because it is the only one not have a "tick" mark and is the odd one out. (I know they are called something else, but for lack of a better term I hope you can understand.)

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