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6 Videos (28m)
    • Learn Katakana Introduction

    • Materials needed

    • Reading Katakana

    • Katakana page 1

    • Katakana page 2

    • Using Katakana


About This Class

Want to learn Japanese? Join Miko, a Tokyo resident, and learn the very basics to the Japanese language. 

In this class, you will learn Katakana. Katakana is the angular writing system used to simulate foreign words, onomatopoeia, and give emotional emphasis in manga. Since it is one of the trickiest writing systems in Japanese, it's best to learn this first. 

Miko, a Japanese-American, graduated with a major in Japanese, and has been living in Japan since 2009. 


18 of 18 students recommendSee All

Very interesting, nicely explained and fun
Very informative, and cute voice. :3
I thought that Miko did a great job as an introduction to writing Japanese Katakana! She made it very simple and explained how to write all of the characters as well as the sounds they represent. It was a great, quick and easy class! Can't wait to see more from Miko!
Julie Hankins

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Miko Hayashi

Language is another world of its own.

Hello everyone! Thank you for your interest in my classes.

I am a half-Japanese American, who majored in the Japanese language. I've been living in Japan since 2009, and I use Japanese in my daily life. 

I wanted to share with you how to write Japanese. When learning a language, writing is the key to learning. When you write, you are writing memories into your brain. 

First, let's start at the basics. Begin with the katakana course as an introduction. Usually, hiragana is taught beforehand, however, katakana's usage can be confusing, not to mention the similarities the characters can have with each other. It's best to get the tricky part finished first. 

I have already published how to write katakana. As you take your first steps, keep on practicing on writing at home. If you have any questions, message me anytime. 

Later I will publish a more in depth look on how to use it. 

After you have mastered katakana, we can move onto hiragana. 

Let me conclude with something I've learned from my experience in Japan: Language is another world of its own. The more languages you learn, the more worlds you can visit.