Writing Japanese Katakana: An Introductory Japanese Language Workbook: Learn and Practice The Japanese Alphabet by Jim GleesonThis is an introductory guide and workbook to writing Japanese Katakana.
Anybody who is able to master English, with its irregular spellings and idiosyncratic pronunciations, is more than equipped to master written Japanese. The hiragana and katakana syllabaries are purely phonetic characters, which function much like the letters of the English alphabet. In this respect, kana are quite different from kanji characters, which are based on Chinese ideographs and which represent ideas. The katakana syllabary is used primarily to represent borrowed words (from languages other than Chinese), although it is also used for botanical names and is sometimes used in place of hiragana or kanji for emphasis. In some ways, the use of katakana in Japanese parallels the use of italics in English.
Writing practice is the most effective method of mastering written Japanese, and the large open format of this workbook is designed to invite the student to pick up a pencil and start writing. Written Japanese comprises two phonetic syllabaries, hiragana and katakana, and a set of kanji characters that are based on Chinese ideographs. This workbook has been carefully designed to facilitate the quick and easy mastery of the 46–character katakana alphabet, making it the perfect tool to begin the process of mastering written Japanese. Each character is introduced with brushed, handwritten and typed samples that enhance character recognition. Extensive space for writing allows maximum practice to facilitate memorization and to ensure proper character formation. Entertaining illustrations and amusing examples of loan–words that use katakana in Japanese writings further reinforce memorization in a fun way. Writing Katakana is tailored to the specific needs of young students of the Japanese language, but is also well suited to beginning students of any age. This workbook contains:
grayed–out, trace–over characters for correct character construction.
Extensive practice in writing sentences for maximum reinforcement.
Supplementary explanations, including a brief history of the origin of each character, to foster visual recall.
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The Japanese Alphabet
Japanese language consists of three alphabets: kanji pictographic characters imported from China , hiragana and katakana phonetic alphabets developed in Japan. To read a newspaper, you must know 2, commonly used kanji , hiragana and katakana , which are taught in elementary school and junior high school, along with the English alphabets.
The modern Japanese writing system uses a combination of logographic kanji , which are adopted Chinese characters , and syllabic kana. Kana itself consists of a pair of syllabaries : hiragana , used primarily for native or naturalised Japanese words and grammatical elements, and katakana , used primarily for foreign words and names, loanwords , onomatopoeia , scientific names, and sometimes for emphasis. Almost all written Japanese sentences contain a mixture of kanji and kana. Because of this mixture of scripts, in addition to a large inventory of kanji characters, the Japanese writing system is often considered to be one of the most complicated in use anywhere in the world. Several thousand kanji characters are in regular use.
This page contains a table including the following: Japanese alphabet , including Kana, Hiragana, and Katakana , letters which help you pronounce the words in a given language, you will also learn about the different consonants and vowels. Make sure to check our Learn Japanese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process. The Japanese alphabet is usually referred to as kana , specifically hiragana and katakana. While the Hiragana consists of 48 syllables, it is a phonetic alphabet where each alphabetic combination represents just a single sound. Thus any Japanese word can be written in a way that can be read without having to remember how the word is pronounced.
Want audio on this lesson? It's FREE! The first step to learning the Japanese language is to learn the alphabet. Or, at least, to learn the sounds that exist in the language. There are absolutely no "tones" in Japanese like in many other asian languages and there are only 2 exceptions within the alphabet which will be explained later.