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Talking Katakana Hiragana Chart

You probably know that Japanese is made difficult because of all the characters. Well, don't worry too much there are some short cuts! One is to just learn the Katakana alphabet. This is the one that is used for writing foreign words and also lots of foods. For example, if you can tell that reads as "me nyu" or reads as "a me ri ka" you can probably figure out they mean "menu" and "America".

It takes an afternoon to learn katakana (yes that's all!!), you just have to set the time aside and just plough your way through the 46 symbols. If you don't get everything the first day, try it again, just set aside a good 3 or 4 hours and you'll have it cracked.

To get the pronunciation right, I've put up on the site this talking katakana page, it's not too difficult. There is also a card you can print out with the characters. So first drill all the sounds into your head with the table below, then cut out the symbols on the printed card and test yourself. Not the most fun activity in the world, but if it means you can read menus and your name it's well worth it!

There's also the Kids Version of the Hiragana Chart.

Now try the Talking Katakana Games!
Katakana Game 1 - Katakana Game 2 - Katakana Game 3 - Katakana Game 4

If you speak a little Japanese already, you might want to have a look at the Hiragana Games.

All these Hiragana worksheets are all together as one pdf file in our download pack.
There's also another 70 page pdf book of katakana worksheets.
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02 Disco Warm Up
03.When, Where, Who, What
04.Days of the Week
05.Months of the Year
06.Hiragana Song
07.Katakana Song
08.Hot, Cold, Fun Song
09. Weather in Japanese
10. Mary had a little lamb
11. How much?
12. Where are you from?
13. Colors in Japanese
14. Left & Right in Japanese
15. 10 Little Samurai (Counters)
16. How old are you? in Japanese

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Also be sure to check out the talking "Japanese Words" page and my Hints & Tips page.

Recommended Courses

There are loads of great resources out there, and one of the good ones is the "Pimsleur" series. They have a "Quick & Simple" starter pack and also a full on "Gold Course". They are well recommended if you want to learn Japanese, in January I used it to learn everyday Spanish in a month!

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Or for slightly cheaper, but one that requires a bit more work, you can have a look at the Living Language series. Although now I would prefer the Pimsleur course above, I actually used the Living Language series myself when I first learnt Japanese. It's good, but you have to keep repeating and repeating the same CDs, whereas the Pimsleur makes you think more, and reviews the language as you go along.

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If you teach English in Japan you might be interested in my new Classroom English / Classroom Japanese CD.

All the Japanese on this page is suitable for either guys or girls, and is pretty normal, everyday Japanese. This means it's not too formal, but you'll be fine as long as you don't say it to anyone too posh!

Also have a look at hints and tips for becoming fluent in Japanese page!

Email me if you have any questions or comments,

Mata ne!
Be genki,


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