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Learning Katakana

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Learning Katakana

Have you started learning Japanese writing? If you are new to Japanese, I recommend you learn hiragana first. Once you've mastered hiragana, you might want to learn katakana next. Katakana has 46 characters, like hiragana. It is mainly used to write foreign names, the names of foreign places and words of foreign origin. Therefore your name is likely to be written using katakana in Japan. I think it would be fun to be able to write your name in Japanese. There are various Japanese sites that allow you to download free katakana worksheets. I like the, "Kids Nifty" site, as it has cute pictures to make studying fun. It is also pretty easy to follow the instructions, even if you can't read Japanese. I have also updated my katakana lessons. Enjoy studying katakana!

Japanese Translation

カタカナを学ぶにあたって

日本語の文字を習い始めましたか。もし初心者であれば、ひらがなから始めることをお勧めします。ひらがなを習得したら、次はカタカナに進むといいでしょう。カタカナはひらがなと同じように、46文字あります。カタカナは主に、外国人の名前、外国の地名、外来語などを書くのに使われます。あなたの名前も日本では、たいていカタカナで書かれることになります。日本のサイトには、カタカナ練習帳をプリントできるものがいろいろあります。私は、かわいい絵がついていて、勉強も楽しくなりそうなキッズ@niftyサイトが好きです。日本語が読めなくても、比較的分かりやすいと思います。私自身のカタカナレッスンも新たに手直しをしました。カタカナの勉強、頑張ってくださいね。

Romaji Translation

Nihongo no moji o naraihajimemashita ka. Moshi shoshinsha de areba, hiragana kara hajimeru koto o osusumeshimasu. Hiragana o shuutoku shitara, tsugi wa katakana ni susumu to ii deshou. Katakana wa hiragana to onaji youni, yonjuu-roku moji arimasu. Katakana wa omoni, gaikokujin no namae, gaikoku no chimei, gairaigo nado o kaku noni tsukawaremasu. Anata no namae mo nihon dewa, taitei katakana de kakareru koto ni narimasu. Nihon no saito niwa, katakana renshuuchou o purinto dekiru mono ga iroiro arimasu. Watashi wa, kawaii e ga tsuiteite, benkyou mo tanoshikunarisouna Kids Nifty saito ga suki desu. Nihongo ga yomenakutemo, hikakuteki wakariyasuii to omoimasu. Watashi jishin no katakana ressun mo aratani tenaoshi o shimashita. Katakana no benkyou, ganbatte kudasai ne.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

Have you started learning Japanese writing?

  • Nihongo no moji o naraihajimemashita ka.

  • にほんごのもじを ならいはじめましたか。

  • 日本語の文字を習い始めましたか。

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