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Welcome to - Lesson Japanese Writing Katakana Part 2

Okay, I know I'm a tad late on this week's Japanese lesson. Cut me some slack. It's only been a day and he holidays are only just ending. Last week we started the Katakana lessons. It's through these characters that the Japanese either explain foreign words or even sound effects. I'm pretty sure if you have seen core Japanese manga you have seen キャ(kya) quite a few times. That's the sound used for a scream. Though, normally only shown for girls.

We handled most of the hardest Katakana task week. Since that characters for Shi and Tsu are just so similar in appearance, but differ in how they are written.

N Base

(In the graphs. You will see how to write each of the characters. The red dot marks where you are to begin your strokes.)   
Nothing out of the ordinary here and these are quite easy to remember. In fact, the Katakana for ニ (Ni) is exactly the same for the Kanji 二 (ni), that means the number two.

H Base

These H Base characters are easy enough. Though, you may notice that the ヘ (He) in Katakana is identical to the へ (He) in Hiragana.

M Base

In this set you may notice the モ (Mo) Katakana is almost as identical to the も (Mo) Hiragana. The only thing it lacks is the little swipe up at the end.

Base Y / W / n

As with before, pay particular attention to the Ya, Yu, and Yo Katakana. These are going to play a big role later on. I've seen different guides that show variations of writing the Ya Katakana, but it's not imperative which way you use. I'm showing you the way I was first learning.
 Evangelion: You Can (Not) Advance title written in Japanese
 Evangelion: You Can (Not) Advance title written in Japanese
I do need to mention that there are actually two more W Base Katakana. I'm saving those for next lessons. This is because I have almost never seen them in actual use. The only time I have seen the Katakana for We (ヱ) even used was in the Japanese spelling of Evangelion (ヱヴァンゲリヲン, wevangerowon) and it's not always spelling in this manner, either. On my Nintendo DS of My Japanese Coach, these two Katakana aren't even mentioned.

The ン (N) character is a complete stand alone in the chart. The same as it was in Hiragana. The only problem here is that it's nearly identical to the Katakana for ソ (So). The only real difference is seen in how they are written. The only real way to tell them apart while reading is that the dash on the ン (N) lays more flat than the ソ (So). These two characters have always been my biggest challenge in reading Katakana.
Next lesson we are going to be finishing up Katakana, and it's modifiers. I will tell you this that Katakana has a lot of modifiers, but they are simple to understand once you learn the very basics. We are one simple step closer to covering whole words and sentences. If you have any further questions feel free to comment before, and I will try to answer any questions you may have.
Next Lesson: Katakana - Character Base R / Dakuten & Handakuten / Modifiers
Back to Lesson Guide: HERE
-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for lesson updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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