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Hi everyone! Welcome to BASIC JAPANESE WRITING. The fastest, easiest and most fun way to master the Japanese alphabet!
You've learned these 30 katakana characters from the previous lessons.
In this lesson, you'll learn five new katakana characters.
マミムメモ
The first Katakana character for this lesson is マ. マ.
Think of マ as a *MA*NTA RAY.
Katakana マ is written in 2 strokes.
The first stroke starts as a horizontal line then it turns sharply and makes a diagonal line going towards the center.
The second stroke is a short diagonal line touching the tip of the first stroke.
Make sure the second stroke is short and slanted so your マ won't be confused for a katakana ア
Ok, let's see it again.
Ok, next up is the katakana character ミ. ミ.
To remember ミ, look for the line in the *MI*DDLE
Katakana ミ is written in 3 strokes.
It's basically 3 parallel diagonal lines, each going from the upper left down to the bottom right.
Ok, let's see it again.
The third one is the katakana ム. ム.
ム looks like a *MOO*SE'S antlers.
Could you tell マ from ム? Here's an easy way to do it. Just look for the horizontal line. If it's above then it's a マ and if it's under then it's a ム!
Katakana ム is written in 2 strokes.
The first stroke is a straight diagonal line going to the bottom left. It then turns sharply and makes a shallower diagonal line going here.
The second stroke is a short diagonal line touching the end of the first stroke.
Ok, let's see it again.
This is the katakana character メ. メ.
Just draw a rectangle around it and you got *MAI*L!
Katakana メ is written in 2 strokes.
The first stroke is a long curved diagonal line going from the upper right down to the lower left.
The second stroke is a short diagonal line cutting through the middle of the first stroke.
Ok, let's see it again.
And our final character for this lesson is the katakana モ. モ.
モ looks very similar to its hiragana counterpart. The only difference is that the third stroke doesn't intersect the first one.
Katakana モ is written in 3 strokes.
モ is also written in a similar way to the hiragana も but without the top sticking out. Also, take note that their stroke order is different. First, draw the two parallel, horizontal strokes.
For the third stroke, draw a line starting from the first stroke, cutting only through the second stroke. When it reaches the bottom, it bends to the right.
In order to make your writing look neat, make the second stroke a bit longer than the first stroke.
Ok, let's see it again.
Let's see all the characters again. マ, ミ, ム, メ, モ.
Quiz time!
Now, let's review what you've learned. I'll show you a character or a word and give you time to say them. Ready?
ミ.
た.
Which one is the katakana ム? (pause 3 sec) It's this one!
It's the first character I taught you! あ.
チ.
モ.
ボ.
ゲーム. This means "games" including arcade and video games.
スマホ. スマホ is the abbreviation and the more common term to refer to a smartphone in Japan.
メモる. This means "to take a memo" or "to take note."
イメージ. This actually refers to an illustration as opposed to an actual picture.
デジカメ. It means "digital camera."
マスコミ. Here's another abbreviation that means "mass communication" or "media."
けしゴム. けしゴム is an "eraser." It literally means "erasing rubber."
メキシコ. This means "Mexico." Ole!
Great job! As I've said before, Katakana is used to write foreign words and names. So why don't you try and write your name in the comments using Katakana! We can also help you with the spelling since it can be tricky sometimes.
Ok, let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned.
In this lesson, you learned the katakana characters マ, ミ, ム , メ and モ.
よくできマミた!You've now mastered 81 Japanese characters.
Are you planning on travelling to Japan? Find out many useful words like ホテル, トイレand クレジットカード in the next lesson when I teach you the katakana characters in the R-column.
Before you go, practice writing the following words on your own!
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Hey listeners! Do you know the most difficult katakana words to say? In this free lesson, we'll teach you them! A few of them may surprise you! Click the link to see the full list of the most difficult katakana words to say now!
See you in the next lesson! またね!

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September 6th, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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Do you know other words with these katakana?

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March 10th, 2022 at 01:00 PM
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Emirさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

Yes, エミル is the correct way to write your name😉


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


Sincerely

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Emir
March 10th, 2022 at 03:58 AM
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Hello. My name sounds exactly like エミル without the last う sound, like Japanese ん but instead of n its an r sound. So I guess エミル would still be the correct way to write it?

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March 3rd, 2022 at 02:55 PM
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Hi Marta,


Thank you for your comment!

Yes, as you say, Japanese ル and ラ sounds must be pretty different from the original pronunciation of your name.

It happens a lot between foreign names/words and Japanese.

But it might be interesting as if you have your own Japanese name😊


Hope you enjoy learning Japanese with us:)


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Miho

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Marta
February 28th, 2022 at 11:05 PM
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I have 2 names,

Marta would be マルタ

and my second name, Amirah, if you keep in mind the pronunciation it would be アミイラ.

Had to cheat a little for the ル and ラ characters since I haven’t learnt them yet..😅

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February 28th, 2022 at 07:05 PM
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Hi Shuyi Xiong,


Thank you for your comment!

Yes, we put family name first in Japanese.

We have "sha/shu/sho" sounds and they spell like シャ/シュ/ショ in katakana.

Please visit this lesson if you would like😊

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/ultimate-japanese-pronunciation-guide-7-combining-sounds-in-japanese-with-the-y-group/?lp=171


Please let us know if you have any further question:)


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Miho

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Shuyi Xiong
February 27th, 2022 at 04:21 PM
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Hello, I'm Shuyi Xiong


Shuyi is my first name and Xiong is my family name. So which do I put first in Japanese?


If I put my family name first, I guess it would be like: シオン スイ (Xiong Shuyi)


But it seems that there's no "Sh" sound in Japanese?

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January 18th, 2022 at 12:42 PM
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Nateさん、こんにちは。

コメントありがとうございます😊


Your nickname Nate would be ネイト in Japanese, although it's different from the original pronunciation.


Hope you enjoy learning Japanese with us.


Sincerely,

Miho

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Nate (abbreviation for Nathan)
December 23rd, 2021 at 12:30 AM
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ありがと,


I’m not sure which ending letter to use since the “E” in Nate is silent. Would it be ネト,ネテ、ネタ?


Thanks,

Nate

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December 17th, 2021 at 11:49 AM
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Mikeさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

Katakana is used according to how it sounds, not how it's written, so your name should be マイク (ma i ku) unless you pronounce your name ミケ😅


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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りょうま(Ryoma)

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Mike
December 14th, 2021 at 11:35 AM
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I guess my name in katakana would be ミケ lol