First Katakana Lesson - Beginner Japanese (Start here first!)

Miko Hayashi, Language is another world of its own.

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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Learn Katakana Introduction

      2:19
    • 2. Materials needed

      1:52
    • 3. Reading Katakana

      2:20
    • 4. Katakana page 1

      8:02
    • 5. Katakana page 2

      5:26
    • 6. Using Katakana

      7:53

Project Description

Since this class is all about writing, I would like you to write all of the katakana, and learn how to write your name in Katakana, even if you already have a Japanese name. Stroke order and balance are very important in Japan, so while you are writing, make sure to follow the stroke order you learned in this class.

For a list of  katakana, please check this image.
http://i38.tinypic.com/2d9z21y.png with grid

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0d/Table_katakana.svg/768px-Table_katakana.svg.png  with stroke order

I highly recommend using grid paper, and make a box for each character written, with a cross drawn within each box like so:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSh3Yj6UAAA6mAh.png

In Japan, they commonly use a notebook called “Kanji Renshuu Cho” or “Kanji Practice Notebook,” like in the picture above. If you’re lucky enough to live near a supplier of Japanese stationeries, go ahead and buy one. If not, I recommend making one from graph paper to get the most beautiful and clean results.

You can buy one here (although the squares are a bit smaller than the ones I’m using).

https://jbox.com/za228

You can also print out this page for a grid similar to the ones in Japan:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzKxKgU4_3htd2taYjNmakxLMTQ/view?usp=sharing

If you want to practice without paper, using a small whiteboard with the grid pattern on it (drawn with permanent marker) is a great way to practice. Like so:

http://www.miki.ed.jp/past/el/jiyu/images/content/2579/DSCN0238.jpg

You can even laminate a sheet a paper with a large grid on it, and use whiteboard markers on it for practice.

I look forward to your project!

Miko

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