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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Alphabet Letters in Katakana - エイ・ビー・シー

Here's a list of the names of the letters of the the alphabet letters (ABC's) in English and their respective katakanizations, since I think it helps visualize how the pronunciation of the romaji doesn't match what you'd expect from English, since, well, it's not English, it's romaji, and since I'm having to write these letters way more than I thought I'd have too.

(see the Japanese alphabet, if you're looking for an overview of the Japanese characters.)

The letters of the alphabet, アルファベット, written in katakana カタカナ. A, ei エイ. B, bii ビー. C, shii シー. D, dhii ディー. E, ii イー. F, efu エフ. G, jii ジー. H, eichi エイチ. I, ai アイ. J, jei ジェイ.  K, kei ケイ. L, eru エル. M, emu エム. N, enu エヌ。O, oo オー. P, pii ピー. Q, kyuu キュー. R, aaru アール. S, esu エス. T, thii ティー. U, yuu ユー. V, vii ヴィー. W, daburyuu ダブリュー. X, ekkusu エックス. Y, wai ワイ. Z, zeddo ゼッド.

ei エイ

B (bee)
bee ベー
bii ビー

C (cee)
shii シー
suii スィー

D (dee)
dhii ディー
dee デー

ii イー

F (ef, eff)
efu エフ

G (gee, jee)
jii ジー

H (aitch)
eichi エイチ
ecchi エッチ
(usually, ecchi means lewd things in Japanese, so the pronunciation eichi is used instead.)

I (i)
ai アイ

J (jay)
jei ジェイ
jee ジェー

K (kay)
kei ケイ
kee ケー

L (el, ell)
eru エル

M (em)
emu エム

N (en)
enu エヌ

O (o)
oo オー

P (pee)
pii ピー

Q (cue)
kyuu キュー

R (ar)
aaru アール

S (ess)
esu エス

T (tee)
thii ティー
tee テー

U (u)
yuu ユー

V (vee)
vii ヴィー
bui ブィ

W (double-u)
daburyuu ダブリュー

X (ex)
ekkusu エックス

Y (wy)
wai ワイ

Z (zed, zee)
zeddo ゼッド
zetto ゼット
zuii ズィー

Since we're here anyway, some extra terms:
  • arufabetto アルファベット
    Alphabet. (usually the Latin one, used in English.)
  • oomoji 大文字
    Big letters. Upper-case.
  • komoji 小文字
    Small letter. Lower-case.

Relevant: katakanized English numbers has the names of the numbers in English (one, two, three, etc.) and their respective katakanizations.


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  1. This is a cool resource! And helps with pronouncing English loan words.

    By the way, I think your カタカナ for Z is wrong in the diagram: ゼッド rather than ゼッオ

    1. You're right, thanks. I've fixed it now.