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What is Katakana?



What is Katakana?

Katakana, like hiragana, is a phonetic script much like English where each character has a unique sound and the characters can be written one after the next to spell out a word. Learning katakana is usually the second step in learning how to read and write Japanese - hiragana is usually taught first. Katakana is used to represent foreign words which have been adopted into the Japanese language (loan words) and foreign names (personal and country names).

Learn about the other Japanese phonetic script, hiragana, here.

Learn the Japanese kanji script, here.


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