片仮名 「かたかな」 katakana
katakana is a syllabary; the kana (characters) only represent sounds in non-Japanese languages and have no other meanings. The blue boxes contain the consonants. The yellow boxes contain the five vowels and their kana. The green and purple boxes contain the 40 primary kana formed from a consonant-vowel pair, and the 'short n' kana. The white boxes contain secondary kana that are formed from the primary kana, and the small double slash diacritic mark, or ring diacritic mark, or small 'ya', 'yu', or 'yo' kana. As can be seen from the chart, these secondary kana represent modified primary sounds.
The characters below are for foreign sounds for which there are no characters in Japanese.
If you would like to practice writing Japanese in katakana, here is a katakana Keyboard
based on the chart above.
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