Learn Katakana-KA KI KU KE KO

In the last lesson, we went over アイウエオ — the core vowel sounds. The Japanese language consists of simply adding consonants to these core sounds.

Let’s start with K first.

KA KI KU KE KO-カキクケコ

  • → ka (like “kah”)
  • → ki (like “key”)
  • → ku (like “coo”)
  • → ke (like “kay”)
  • → ko (like “koh”)

Lucky カ

If you’ve studied hiragana already then you’ll notice the katakana is super similar to the in hiragana – lucky! It looks like a sharper, more squared version.

Look Out For ク-ケ

It’s pretty easy to see the difference between (ku) and (ke) when you’re looking closely at them in a typed format like this. But they will deceive you sometimes when trying to read them on signs/menus.