Japanese Lesson – Katakana 6

Hello Everyone,

Ready for some new katakana? Today we are going to learn characters: ハ, ヒ, フ, ヘ and ホ, as well as their handakuten and dakuten derivatives バ, ビ, ブ, ベ, ボ and パ, ピ, プ, ペ, ポ. 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 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ハ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word ハンカチ / handkerchief /.
  • Write 5 times the word ハイキング / hiking /.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ヒ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word アイスコーヒー / iced coffee /.
  • Write 5 times the word コーヒーカップ / coffee cup /.

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 1 stroke:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character フ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word  ナイフ / knife /.
  • Write 5 times the word  フォーク / fork /.
  • Write 5 times the word オフィス / office /.

Note: Here you have again, as presented in Katakana Lesson 1, you find two examples of the use of the halfwidth オ and イ to form some syllables which do not exist in naturally in the Japanese language: フォ [FO] and フィ [FI].

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 1 stroke:

 

This one is quite easy to remember as it looks alike its hiragana counterpart, just give a little more accent to the angle at the top: へヘ

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ヘ in a row
  • Write 5 times the word ヘア / hair /.

 

This katakana is pronounced:

It has 4 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character ホ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word  ホット / hot /.
  • Write 5 times the word ヘッドホン / headphone /.

Dakuten ◌゛ and handakuten ◌゜

Like their hiragana equivalent, ハ, ヒ, フ, ヘ and ホ can be associated with the dakuten and handakuten to form new sounds:

Exercises:

  • Write 5 times the characters バビブベボ in a row
  • Write 5 times the characters パピプペポ in a row
  • Write 5 times the word オートバイ / motorcycle /.
  • Write 5 times the word ハンドバッグ / handbag /.
  • Write 5 times the word ヘビー / heavy /.
  • Write 5 times the word ブーツ/ boots /
  • Write 5 times the word ベッド/ bed /
  • Write 5 times the word ボーナス/ bonus /
  • Write 5 times the word アパート/apart(ment block) /
  • Write 5 times the word ハッピー/happy /
  • Write 5 times the word パイプ/ pipe /
  • Write 5 times the word スペース/space /
  • Write 5 times the word ポケット/ pocket /

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

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Cheers,

Stéphane

Next lesson: Katakana lesson 7: MA, MI, MU, ME, MO

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