Japanese Lesson – Katakana 10

Hello Everyone,

This is a great moment in history, as after this lesson you will have discovered every hiragana and katakana! The final characters are: ワ, ヲ and ン, and we will also see some extra sounds. Let’s go!

If needed, here are some links to the previous lessons:

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Katakana マ to ン

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This katakana is pronounced:

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ワ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word シャワー / shower /.
  • Write 5 times the word ワープロ / wo(rd) pro(cessor) /.
  • Write 5 times the word ワンピース / one piece, dress /.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 3 strokes:

 

Note: Take care not to confuse this character with ヨ [よ]

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ヲ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word ヲタ / geek /, (abreviation of オタク).

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 2 strokes:

 

Note: Take care not to confuse ソ [そ] and ン [ん]. Like for ツ [つ] and シ [し], ソ is written from top to bottom, and left to right, while ン is written from left to right, and top to bottom.

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ン in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word パン / bread, pastries /.
  • Write 5 times the word レストラン / restaurant /.
  • Write 5 times the word ハンカチ/ handkerchief /.

Extra sounds

As I indicated in our previous katakana lessons, katakana is used to translate foreign sounds in Japanese, therefore Japanese people adapt it when a sound shall bve translated which has no Japanese equivalent. We have encountered multiple times the use of the half-width ァィゥェォ, but there exists others.

W ウィ [WI], ウェ [WE], and sometimes ウォ [WO]
V ヴァ [VA], ヴィ [VI], ヴゥ [VU], ヴェ [VE], ヴォ [VO]
SH シェ [SHE]
J ジェ [JE]
D/Z ズィ [DI, ZI]
CH チェ [CHE]
TS ツァ [TSA], ツィ [TSI], ツェ [TSE], ツォ [TSO]
T ティ [TI], トゥ[TU]
D デュ [DU], ヂュ [DU]
F ファ [FA], フィ [FI], フェ [FE], フォ [FO]
FY フュ [FYU]

Here are some examples:

  • ウォッカ / vodka /.
  • ヴィクトリー / victory / (also ビクトリー).
  • シェパード / shepard /
  • ジェスチャー/ gesture /
  • チェス/chess /
  • ツァツィキ / tsatsiki (Greek dish) /
  • ティトゥス / Titus /
  • デュアルブート/ dual boot /
  • フォークソング/ folk song /
  • フューチュリズム/ futurism /
  • ズィーブラ / zebra /  (also ゼブラ)

 

This is the end of this lesson, and with it of the katakana and kana seriesz of lessons. Next time I will provide you with wome types on how to learn and train your kana.

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Cheers,

Stéphane

Next lesson: One step further with hiragana and katakana

 

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