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Katakana Lesson 1: ア イ ウ エ オ ン

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Katakana Romaji Mnemonics
a Turn it 90 degree CCW, it'll become a capital letter A.
i Eat the sausage with a fork.
u

  1. It's like its Hiragana counterpart .
  2. 'u' is the sound one gives out when he gets kicked in the stomach. Don't try it on your brother.
e An elevator
o An on/off switch
n
(type 'nn')
"ping-pong"

Do not mix up ン(n) and (so)

Their stroke orders are different. Compare:

The last stroke of ン (n) is from the bottom left to the top right. The last stroke of ソ (so) is from the top right to the bottom left.

But of course in hand-writing they look very similar. One rule of thumb is that 'n' is never used as the first letter of a word and 'so' is seldom used at the end.

How to write:

katakana a

katakana i

katakana u

katakana e

katakana n

The stroke order illustrations are made by D.328, used under CCSA3.0.