Japanese Lesson – Katakana 4

Hello Everyone,

Ready for 5 new katakana? Today we are going to learn characters: タ, チ, ツ, テ, ト, as well as their dakuten ◌゙ derivates. Let’s go!

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

Get your paper and pencil ready!

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Katakana タ to ホ

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character タ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word タクシー / taxi /.
  • Write 5 times the word ギター / guitar /.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character チ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word チーズ / cheese /.
  • Write 5 times the word コーチ / coach/.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 3 strokes:

 

Tip:

To distinguish シ from ツ, think of their hiragana counterparts; like し is written from top to bottom you should stroke シ from top to bottom, and like つ is written from left to right, you should stroke ツ from left to right.

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ツ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word シーツ / sheet /.
  • Write 5 times the word スーツケース / suitcase /.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character テ in a row
  • Write 5 times the word ステーキ / steak /.
  • Write 5 times the word ステージ / stage /.

Fact:

テ is the symbol of the japanese post office. This is the first character of ていしん / communication /.

 

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ト in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word テスト / test /
  • Write 5 times the word スカート / skirt /
  • Write 5 times the word テキスト / text, textbook /.

ダ, ヂ, ヅ, デ, ド

As for hiragana, the dakuten ◌゙ can also be used with these katakana to make some voiced sounds:

(rarely used, ジ is preferred)
(rarely used, ズ is preferred)

Exercises:

  • Write 5 times ダヂヅデド in a row
  • Write 5 times the word ダース / doz(en) /
  • Write 5 times the word デート / date /
  • Write 5 times the word ドア / door /

Half width ツ: ッ

Like with hiragana, there exists an halfwidth version of the character ツ which is used to double a consonant.

Exercises:

  • Write 5 times the characters ツッ in a row
  • Write 5 times the word チェック [CHEKKU] / checkered / or / verified, OK /.
    Note also here, as indicated in katakana lesson 1, that an halfwidth エ is used in combination with the character チ to form the sound チェ [CHE] which does not exist natively in Japanese.

 

Here it is for today. See you soon for five new characters!

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Cheers,

Stéphane

Next lesson: Katakana lesson 5: NA, NI, NU, NE, NO

 

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