So you want to learn Katakana? Great! You will soon notice how similar it is with Hiragana. However there are some important differences. Although you don't have to learn Hiragana before doing this page, I recommend it if you are not living in Japan. Hiragana is used much more in writing. But Katakana is used when writing foreign loanwords and in advertizing. Therefore, Katakana is very useful for the foreigner IN Japan.Download our FREE Katakana Flashcards and Practice Writing Pad
Each Lesson will tackle 5 characters. If you haven't studied Hiragana yet, I would recommend starting with it.
Today's lesson will teach you the vowel sounds in Japanese. These are the SAME SOUNDS as the Hiragana vowels.
Basically, like Spanish, there are 5 vowel sounds. a, i, u, e, o.
These are the first 5 letters in katakana. 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!
エア ____________ This
アイ ____________ This means ____________
イア _____________ This means _____________
オア _____________ This means ______________ (think of a row boat)
Perhaps you can recognize these 5 in just one day of practice.
ea This means AIR
アイ ai This means EYE
イア ia This means EAR
オア oa This means OAR
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