Symbols Characters Katakana Language Online
The second alphabet, katakana/i>, is just a different set of characters, representing the same syllables as hiragana, making the same noises.
Learn Japanese symbols - Katakana symbols.
What is katakana?
Katakana is one of the three writing systems in Japanese, used primarily for writing loanwords.
Japanese Charsets Katakana.
Katakana are mainly used for imported words, and sometimes used for emphasis, so they are similar to italic letters in English.
Comparison between hiragana and katakana.
Lessons in Katakana
The katakana syllabary is a excellent place for English speakers to start studying how to read Japanese, since they can recognise the many English loanwords found on Japanese signs and menus with no further knowledge of Japanese.
Japanese Writing - Katakana
Katakana is the "other" syllabary used in written Japanese. Like hiragana, it consists of 46 symbols that represent the various basic sounds used in spoken Japanese.
The Katakana Chart
Click any of the Normal (grey) Katakana characters below in order to see the characters stroke order and mnemonics for memorisation.
Japanese Writing Katakana