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.
- ア a
- ..... as in sun
- イ i
- ..... as in eat, but shorter
- ウ u
- ..... as in you, but shorter
- エ e
- ..... as in ever
- オ 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