Katakana table

Table of katakana letters

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Katakana is a Japanese syllabary, one component of the Japanese writing system along with hiragana, kanji and in some cases the Latin script (known as romaji). The word katakana means "fragmentary kana", as the katakana characters are derived from components of more complex kanji. Katakana and hiragana are both kana systems. With one or two minor exceptions, each syllable in the Japanese language is represented by one character, or kana, in each system.Each kana is either a vowel such as "a" (katakana ア); a consonant followed by a vowel such as ka (katakana カ); or n (katakana ン), a nasal sonorant which, depending on the context, sounds either like English m, n, or ng ([ŋ]), or like the nasal vowels of Spanish and/or Portuguese.

In contrast to the hiragana syllabary, which is used for those Japanese language words and grammatical inflections which kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary usage is quite similar to italics in English; specifically, it is used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo); for emphasis; to represent onomatopoeia; for technical and scientific terms; and for names of plants, animals, minerals, and often Japanese companies.

Katakana are characterized by short, straight strokes and sharp corners, and are the simplest of the Japanese scripts.

This table will help you study Katakana.

Monographs (gojūon)


a


i


u


e


o


ka


ki


ku


ke


ko


sa


shi


su


se


so


ta


chi


tsu


te


to


na


ni


nu


ne


no


ha


hi


fu


he


ho


ma


mi


mu


me


mo


ya


yu


yo


ra


ri


ru


re


ro


wa


wo


n

Diacritics (gojūon with dakuten)


ga


gi


gu


ge


go


za


ji


zu


ze


zo


da


de


do


ba


bi


bu


be


bo


pa


pi


pu


pe


po

Digraphs (yōon)

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

リュ
ryu

リョ
ryo

Digraphs with diacritics (yōon with dakuten)

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

Extended kana

ウィ
wi

ウェ
we

ウォ
wo

ティ
ti

ファ
fa

フィ
fi

フェ
fe

フォ
fo

ディ
di

ドゥ
du

ヴァ
va

ヴィ
vi


vu

ヴェ
ve

ヴォ
vo

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