Katakana Page 10


The final page... After years of procrastination (yes, I started these katakana pages years ago...), we are finally posting the last katakana page! (well almost, there is a recap page) It goes without saying, but to really get these characters inside your brain, you need to read, read and read more! Look for katakana on the internet; try to sound out what you find; see if you can figure out what the word means or at least where it came from - Ganbatte!

- wa - as in WOn
It looks like a baby with only one tooth crying. WA!!!! 
[be careful: looks like katakana ウ u - you can remember ウ by a baby with only one tooth and one hair COOing]

- wo    - as in WOE (or sometimes Oh)
OK FIRST OFF: You don't need to learn this one right now. In fact the ヲ is almost never used. I am including it for two reasons: 1) it does pop up occasionally and 2) it is on the chart to the top right which Spaztick kindly created for us. :) Again, it isn't incorrect, just isn't used very often. Usually を is used and only as the direct object particle
WOAH! It has two horizontal lines!

- n - as in N
A one eyed joker just smiliN'

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)

ハワイ ____________    This means ____________
タワー ____________    This means ____________
チキン_____________   This means ____________
コーン _____________    This means ______________
マン_____________    This means ______________
ワシントン _____________    This means ______________

Click here to check your answers

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


ハワイ   hawai This means Hawaii
タワー tawa- This means tower
チキン  chikin This means chicken
コーン ko-n  This means corn
マン  man This means man
ワシントン washi