Katakana Page 06
Let's take a look at the H's. What you would expect to be 'HU' is usually pronounced 'FU'
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!
How do you read these Katakana characters? What English words do they sound out? (Some may be easier than others to guess)
ハニー ____________ This
ヒット ____________ This means ____________
ファン_____________ This means ____________ ( ン is the katakana nasal or "n" )
ヘア _____________ This means ______________
ホテル _____________ This means ______________ (ル is the katakana for ru)
ハーフ_____________ This means ______________
Perhaps you can recognize these 5 in just one day of practice.
ハニー hani This means Honey (the food, or a nickname for your spouse!)
ヒット hitto This means to hit
ファン fan- This means a (sports) fan [note the small ア after the フ. This makes the sound FA instead of FUA. You will see simliar small vowels. When you do, simply drop the first character's vowel sound and substitute it with the small vowel sound.]
ヘア hea This means Hair
ホテル hoteru This means Hotel
ハーフ ha-fu This means Half
Think you have it all down pat?
Click here to take the Quiz