The orthography of katakana

The first step in learning Japanese[volume2]

   01   Japanese vowels

The characters which show Japanese syllables are katakana and hiragana. In this section, we will learn katakana carefully.

      An example of katakana:  コ, ン, ニ, チ, ワ, ス, テ, キ

      An example of hiragana:  こ, ん, に, ち, わ, す, て, き


There are five vowels in Japanese. Japanese vowels stand alone as individual syllables.

When you click on the underlined katakana, stroke order is displayed.

   a
  ..... as in sun
   i
  ..... as in eat, but shorter
   u
  ..... as in you, but shorter
   e
  ..... as in ever
   o
  ..... as in low, but shorter

Let's pronounce the vowels. Each vowel is pronounced separately.

(1)  ウエ, イエ, アウ

(2)  オイ, アイ, アオイ