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

Stand-Alone Syllable

The N sound is its own standalone syllable.

Take for example the Japanese word for bakery: panya (パンヤ). It is pronounced pa-n-ya, not pa-nya (you will learn nya in a later lesson).

Look out for シ-ツ-ソ-ン-ノ

And here we are. All five of the super similar katakana characters. So similar it’s as if they were created by a prankster.

  • シ → shi
  • ツ → tsu
  • ソ → so
  • ン → n
  • ノ → no

Just do your best to make out the differences here. The recall boot camp at the end will help you set this in memory forever.

Recall Practice

Time to practice! Just like in all lessons, do this as many times as it takes for you to feel like you can confidently select the correct answer without guessing.

This recall brings back ラリルレロ to combine with . After this lesson the recall practices will combine more characters.

Good job! Continue practicing until you can confidently identify each character with ease. Click the buttons below to restart the practice (challenge yourself with inverted and challenge mode).

Once this practice feels easy to you it’s time to take a break and then move on to the next lesson.