First up are the core vowel characters. These are important to learn as they make up the foundation of the other characters going forward.
This is a simple lesson. Unfortunately, katakana has a few curve balls it will throw at you later.
- ア → a (like “ah”)
- イ → i (like “E”)
- ウ → u (like “ooh”)
- エ → e (like “A”)
- オ → o (like “oh”)
アイウエオ are the core vowel sounds in the Japanese language. They form the katakana syllabary when combined with the K, S, T, N, H, M, Y, R, W consonants.
Just like in the hiragana course, we’ll go through each set individually — and weave them all together over each lesson.