Japanese Katakana

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Katakana - Introduction

Modern Japanese combines the use of hiragana, katakana and kanji in its writing system.

Every katakana character has an equivalent hiragana character.

Katakana is commonly used for loan words, and things you want to create a special impression.

Even it may seem awkward, if you write every character in katakana, native Japanese could still be able to read it.

Katakana, like hiragana, is (almost) 100% phonetic. What you see is what you pronounce.

Sounds For Foreign and Loan Words tables are katakana for foreign sounds which are not covered by the standard 104 katakana in the first 3 tables. Its use is not as standardized and slightly varies among a lot of Japanese, especially from the younger generation.

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Katakana Table

Basic | Voiced | Double (Diphthong)
Basic
a i u e o
a
a

i

u

e

o
k
ka

ki

ku

ke

ko
s
sa

shi

su

se

so
t
ta

chi

tsu

te

to
n
na

ni

nu

ne

no
h
ha

hi

fu

he

ho
m
ma

mi

mu

me

mo
y
ya

yu

yo
r
ra

ri

ru

re

ro
w
wa

wo
nn
nn
Voiced
a i u e o
g
ga

gi

gu

ge

go
z
za

ji

zu

ze

zo
d
da

ji

zu

de

do
b
ba

bi

bu

be

bo
p
pa

pi

pu

pe

po
Double (Diphthong)
キャ
kya
キュ
kyu
キョ
kyo
シャ
sha
シュ
shu
ショ
sho
チャ
cha
チュ
chu
チョ
cho
ニャ
nya
ニュ
nyu
ニョ
nyo
ヒャ
hya
ヒュ
hyu
ヒョ
hyo
ミャ
mya
ミュ
myu
ミョ
myo
リャ
rya
リョ
ryo
リュ
ryu
ギャ
gya
ギュ
gyu
ギョ
gyo
ジャ
ja
ジュ
ju
ジョ
jo
ビャ
bya
ビュ
byu
ビョ
byo
ピャ
pya
ピュ
pyu
ピョ
pyo
Sounds For Foreign and Loan Words Table 1
シェ
she
チェ
che
ツァ
tsa
ツェ
tse
ツォ
tso
ティ
ti
ファ
fa
フィ
fi
フェ
fe
フォ
fo
ジェ
je
ディ
di
デュ
dyu
Sound For Foreign and Loan Words Table 2
イェ
ye
ウィ
wi
ウェ
we
ウォ
wo
クァ
kwa
クィ
kwi
クェ
kwe
クォ
kwo
グァ
gwa
ツィ
tsi
トゥ
tou
ドゥ
dou
ヴァ
va
ヴィ
vi

vu
ヴェ
ve
ヴォ
vo
テュ
tyu
フュ
fyu
ヴュ
vyu