Basic Katakana

The easiest way to learn katakana is by using visual mnemonics.

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The Vowels

1) A-1.JPG

A

"Ah" The letter A dismantled and rotated.

1) A-2.JPG

I

"Eee" The dot on the i grows.

1) A-3.JPG

U

"Ooo!" Similar to hiragana.

1) A-4.JPG

E

"Eh" Egg cup.

1) A-5.JPG

O

"Oh!" Walking over there.

The K line

 
2) K-1.JPG

KA

"Ka" Similar to hiragana.

2) K-2.JPG

KI

"Key" Similar to hiragana.

2) K-3.JPG

KU

"Koo" Cook. A chef's hat.

2) K-4.JPG

KE

"Ke" Looks like a K.

2) K-5.JPG

KO

"Ko" Corners.

 

The S line

3) S-1.JPG

SA

"Sa" Soccer.

3) S-2.JPG

SHI

"She" She is cute!

3) S-3.JPG

SU

"Su" Skating! 

3) S-4.JPG

SE

"Se" Similar to hiragana.

3)S-5_NEW.png

SO

"Sew" Sewing with a needle. 

The T line

 
4) T-1.JPG

TA

"Ta" Checking the taime.

4) T-2.JPG

CHI

"Chi" Cheers!

4) T-3.JPG

TSU

"Tsu" Two needles.

4) T-4.JPG

TE

"Te" A cats Tail.

4) T-5.JPG

TO

"Toe" A clocks hands. Tick Tock.

 

The N line

5) N-1.JPG

NA

"Nah" A sharp knife.

5) N-2.JPG

NI

"Nee" Knitting needles.

5) N-3.JPG

NU

"Noo" Checking out a nude beach.

5) N-4.JPG

NE

"Ne" A fish net.

5) N-5.JPG

NO

"No" Nose.

 

The H line

6) H-1.JPG

HA

"Ha" He is wearing a hat.

6) H-2.JPG

HI

"Hee" He is so lovely.

6) H-3.JPG

FU

"Fu" Hoodie.

6) H-4.JPG

HE

"He" Same as hiragana.

6) H-5.JPG

HO

"Ho" Holy cross.

 

The M line

7) M-1.JPG

MA

"Ma" Munching mam's cookeis.

7) M-2.JPG

MI

"Me" Missiles. 

7) M-3.JPG

MU

"Moo" The moon's nose!

7) M-4.JPG

ME

"Me" The cross sign for medicine.

7) M-5.JPG

MO

"Mo" Similar to hiragana.

 

The Y line

8) Y-1.JPG

YA

"Ya" Similar to hiragana.

8) Y-2.JPG

YU

"Yoo" A U turned over.

8) Y-3.JPG

YO

"Yo" Yo yo yo! Cool guy.

 

The R line

9) R-1.JPG

RA

"Ra" Rat found it's cheese.

9) R-2.JPG

RI

"Ri" Similar to hiragana.

9) R-3.JPG

RU

"Roo" The root of a tree.

9) R-4.JPG

RE

"Re" Lets, go!

9) R-5.JPG

RO

"Ro" Loaf of bread

 

The W line

10) W-1.JPG

WA

"Wah" A wine glass.

10) W-2.JPG

WO

"Woh" The dog keeps going Woof! Woof!

 

This katakana is not used often.

 

The Special line

11) NN.JPG

N

"N" It looks like a one eyed ghost! 

Quiz

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