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Katakana Page 08

Oni's picture

Let's take a look at just 3 characters the Y's. As with Hiragana, modern Japanese doesn't use Yi or Ye.

- ya     - as in hiYA!
This looks like a YAk stepped on something

- yu     - as in YOU
It looks like a number 1 - You are #1!

- yo     - as in YO!
It's someone doing that gangster sign and saying YO!?

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? (Some may be easier than others to guess)

ヤフー ____________    This means ____________
ハレルヤ____________    This means ____________
ユタ_____________   This means ____________
トヨタ _____________    This means ______________
ユース_____________    This means ______________
ヨーヨー _____________    This means ______________

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







ヤフー   yafu- This means Yahoo
ハレルヤ hareruya This means Halleluyah
ユタ  yuta This means Utah (State)
トヨタ toyota  This means Toyota
ユース  yu-su  This means Youth
ヨーヨー yo-yo-  This means Yo-yo

Think you have it all down pat?
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Brooklyn's picture

ヤ - Ya

It looks quite similar to the hiragana や (-> ヤ) and this is the same mnemonic.

YO you got your E the wrong

YO you got your E the wrong way round! :)

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