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Japanese Katakana
Table
n w r y m h n t s k    
a
      i
    u
      e
  o
          b   d z g    
              a
                i
                u
              e
              o
          p            
                    a
                    i
                    u
                    e
                    o
    r   m h n ch sh k    
    リャ   ミャ ヒャ ニャ チャ シャ キャ   ya
    リュ   ミュ ヒュ ニュ チュ シュ キュ   yu
    リョ   ミョ ヒョ ニョ チョ ショ キョ   yo
          b     j g    
          ビャ     ジャ ギャ   ya
          ビュ     ジュ ギュ   yu
          ビョ     ジョ ギョ   yo
          p            
          ピャ           ya
          ピュ           yu
          ピョ           yo
  The consonants and vowels used to form Japanese sounds - read romaji
  Basic katakana characters (click each character for more information)
  Combination Japanese sounds
  Exceptions
  • Reading order - the table above should be read in the following order:
  • read each a, i, u, e, o section from top to bottom and then from right to left:
  • ie:  ア   イ   ウ   エ   オ   カ   キ   ク   ケ   コ
  • then read each ya, yu, yo combination Japanese sound section from top to bottom and then from right to left:
  • ie:  キャ   キュ   キョ
  • Exceptions
  •   ,   ,   ,    - different sound, read pronunciation
  •    - two ways to pronounce, read pronunciation
  •  チャ ,  チュ ,  チョ ,  シャ   シュ   ショ  - read pronunciation
  • Sound equivalents - each katakana character has a hiragana and a romaji sound equivalent:
  • ie: katakana  ア  = hiragana  あ  = romaji  "a"
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