Our lessons teaching katakana.

More Katakana Diphthongs

In the last lesson, you learned the baseline katakana diphthong characters. Now we’re adding even more diphthongs to bring more new sounds to the language. More Katakana Combinations to Think About Remember, katakana is used to cover foreign language sounds in the Japanese language. There are some additional combinations to make these sounds. Note: notice […]

Extended Katakana

In the last lesson you learned the syllabic N character. A super simple lesson for sure. Now we’re going to dive into modifiers that change some of the characters into new consonants: G, Z, D, B, and P. Things are starting to pick up pace now. Just like in hiragana, katakana has extended characters sounds […]

Katakana Diphthongs

In the last lesson, you learned the extended katakana characters. The biggest lesson so far in this course. Now we’re moving into combinations adding a whole bunch of new sounds to the language. What Does Diphthong Mean? I discussed this in the hiragana course, but real quick. The combination of characters is called a diphthong. […]

Katakana-N

In the last lesson, we went over ワ and ヲ — a super simple lesson with just a couple similar characters to worry about. This is probably this simplest lesson — the N consonant — just one character. N-ン ン → n Stand-Alone Syllable The N sound is its own standalone syllable. Take for example […]

Katakana Boot Camp

Welcome to katakana boot camp. This is the capstone of this course. The goal is to give you one place where you can practice recalling katakana until you’ve mastered them. It’s the same recall practice you’ve seen in every lesson but contains every katakana character — even all the extra combinations to make foreign language […]

Katakana-YA YU YO

In the last lesson, we went over ラリルレロ — a straightforward lesson without anything to trick you. The Y consonant is even easier because there are only three of them. YA YU YO-ヤユヨ ヤ-→ ya (ike “ya”)ユ → yu (like “you”)ヨ → yo (like “yo”) Nothing to look out for Fortunately, there isn’t anything crazy […]

Katakana-WA WO

In the last lesson, we went over ヤユヨ — a simple lesson without anything to trick you. The W consonant is even easier because there are only two of them. WA WO-ワヲ ワ → wa (like “wa“)ヲ → wo (like “whoa”) Look out for ワ-ヲ-フ-ウ I told you katakana can be crazy. I merely want […]

Katakana-RA RI RU RE RO

In the last lesson we went over マ三ムメモ — a simple lesson without any real gotchas. The R consonant in this lesson is simple too. While there is a pronunciation issue to think about, the characters are easy to tell apart. RA RI RU RE RO-ラリルレロ Just like in hiragana, this consonant has a catch. […]

Katakana-MA MI MU ME MO

Katakana-HA HI FU HE HO

Katakana-NA NI NU NE NO

Katakana-TA CHI TSU TE TO

Katakana-SA SHI SU SE SO

Katakana-KA KI KU KE KO

Katakana-A I U E O

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