Japanese alphabets katakana. As we mentioned in learn japanese lesson 1 katakana alphabets are mainly used for foreign language words such as names and words that have been borrowed from other languages. What are the three japanese alphabets and the differences between them. The japanese alphabet is usually referred to as kana specifically hiragana and katakanawhile the hiragana consists of 48 syllables it is a phonetic alphabet where each alphabetic combination represents just a single sound.
Learn the two japanese alphabets quickly easily with this japanese flash cards kit audio cd included 9784805311677. Katakana characters are made by modifying japanese kanjis. Kanji hiragana and katakana.
The katakana syllabary was derived from abbreviated chinese characters used by buddhist monks to indicate the correct pronunciations of chinese texts in the 9th century. Katakana japanese pronunciation. Glen mccabe emiko konomi phd.
Learning hiragana and katakana is a systematic and comprehensive japanese workbook that is perfect for self study or use in a classroom setting. Welcome to the writing section of nihongo o narau. A brief introduction to japanese writing.
Produced by a native japanese language teacher. Written japanese combines three different types of characters. The modern japanese writing system uses a combination of logographic kanji which are adopted chinese characters and syllabic kanakana itself consists of a pair of syllabaries.
The chinese characters known as kanji and two japanese sets of phonetic letters hiragana and katakana known collectively as kana that must be mastered before the japanese kanji can be. 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. Learn japanese online for free.