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Katakana Page 02

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So you survived the first part. Take a deep breath and jump on in!

In today's lesson, we will look at the K sounds.

- ka    - as in CAr
it looks like the hiragana ka (か), just remove the line.

- ki    - as in KEY
This also looks like a hiragana ki (き) without the base.

- ku    - as in COOl
It looks like guy giving a thumbs-up. That's COOl!

- ke    - as in Kay or CAke
It looks like someone's CApe

- ko    - COld  
It looks like a refrigerator door, that's COld!

Write them out 10 times a day and soon you will get it.  To aid memorization, make silly associations to go with them. You can use the above mnemonics or you can make your own!



Did you write the above katakana 10 times? Did you sound them out as well? Well, do it again! And then take the following test & Javascript quiz (see link below)...


How do you read these Katakana characters? What English words do they sound out?
キー ____________    This means ____________ [The ー means to make the previous sound longer (like the hiragana う often does)]
カウ ____________    This means ____________ [Think of an animal]
ケーキ _____________   This means _____________ [Something to eat]
コーク _____________    This means ______________ [Something to drink]

Click here to check your answers

Perhaps you can recognize these 5 in just one day of practice.  








キー    ki- This means KEY
カウ  kau This means COW
ケーキ    ke-ki This means CAKE
コーク   ko-ku  This means COKE

Think you have it all down pat?
Click here to take the Quiz

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They're hard :[

I can't remember katakana, they all look the same to me :[


I was really having trouble with ケ(ke)and a good thing I came up with was its like a sideways T so I would say TK(e)if that makes any sense XD

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It always just looks like a K

It always just looks like a K to me. K ケ like take the k and tilt it a little to the right about 40 degrees. :)


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