Katakana Course

Learn Katakana fast and easy!

Free online course for learning
how to read, write and type the Japanese Katakana alphabet


Course Outline

Online self-study course produced by an experienced native Japanese language teacher.

Suitable for beginners who have learned Hiragana.


This course will assist you to gain the following abilities;


Also, over 500 commonly used words and phrases are introduced through the course.


The course consists of 11 lessons. Each lesson takes 45-90 minutes.

Lesson Katakana Letters
1 ア イ ウ エ オ (gojūon), アー イー ウー エー オー (long vowels)
2 カ キ ク ケ コ (gojūon), ガ ギ グ ゲ ゴ (dakuon)
3 サ シ ス セ ソ (gojūon), ザ ジ ズ ゼ ゾ (dakuon)
4 タ チ ツ テ ト (gojūon), ダ ヂ ヅ デ ド (dakuon)
5 ナ ニ ヌ ネ ノ (gojūon), (sokuon)
6 ハ ヒ フ ヘ ホ (gojūon), バ ビ ブ ベ ボ (dakuon), パ ピ プ ペ ポ (han-dakuon)
7 マ ミ ム メ モ (gojūon)
8 ヤ ユ ヨ (gojūon), ャ ュ ョ (yōon)
9 ラ リ ル レ ロ (gojūon)
10 ワ ヲ ン (gojūon)
11 all Katakana letters
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Lesson Contents

Each lesson consists of three sections - Reading, Writing and Typing.


タ チ ツ テ ト Play video

Correct shape and sound are introduced through video clips.

Full of voice recordings narrated by Japanese voice actors.


Katakana a Katakana a

[1] and [2] are just touching, should not be crossed.

Start [2] at around the center of X-axis.

[1] and [2] end near the same Y-axis height.

Detailed handwriting instructions.

Specially developed original font is used to show the standard shape of letters.

Printable writing practice sheets (PDF) are provided.


Keystrokes na ni nu ne no

Detailed instructions on how to input Katakana letters on personal computers.

Printable keystrokes chart (PDF) is provided.

na ni nu ne no

Different styles of commonly used fonts are introduced.


Reading Quiz Sample Writing Quiz Sample Typing Quiz Sample

In each section, quiz programs are provided in the form of YouTube video.

You can easily access them through any device such as personal computers, tablets and smartphones.

Sample Video

Click the thumbnail to watch the sample video.


How to Study

Practice Makes Perfect

Read instructions quickly and spend most of your time for Quiz programs.

Repeat them till you can answer most questions easily.

You don't have to memorize word meanings - it is not the purpose of this course. It would be enough if you get some feeling of how words are pronounced.

Curriculum Options

If you plan to study, work or live in Japan, we recommend to study all three sections.

Writing and Typing sections can be skipped if you don't need these skills.

If you are in hurry, do Quiz A (basic) only and skip Quiz B (advanced).


Hiragana should be learned first at Hiragana Course.

We recommend to read the following pages briefly.

Go to Lesson 1. Enjoy!

Katakana Course

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