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みなさんこんにちは。(Mina-san, konnichiwa)
Hi everyone. I am Chihiro and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com’s Kantan kana series. In the last lesson, we learned the katakana characters サ(sa), シ(shi), ス(su), セ(se) and ソ(so). Does it feel like you just started learning Katakana? After this lesson, you will be done with twenty of them. Keep up the pace and don’t forget to review.
We will start with タ(ta). 1, 2, 3. This character is exactly like ク(ku) except for the final stroke. Here is セーター(sētā), “sweater” and タクシー(takushī), “taxi”.
Next up is チ(chi). 1, 2, 3. Be careful that you draw the first stroke with the slight angle. Here is コーチ(kōchi), “coach”.
Let’s take a look at ツ(tsu). 1, 2, 3. Okay I know what you are thinking. Remember シ(shi) from the last lesson. These two kana look almost exactly the same. In fact, a lot of people confuse these and it even trips up the advanced students. Let’s learn it right the first time.
With シ(shi), all three strokes went from left to right starting from the left edge but with ツ(tsu) all strokes go from top to bottom along the top. So when you are trying to figure out which character is which, just remember this. If you connect all the strokes with the line across the left side, it’s シ(shi) for side. If you connect them along the top, it’s ツ(tsu) for top. Here is スーツ(sūtsu), “suit” and ツアー(tsuā), “tour”.
Next is テ(te). 1, 2, 3. If you think of it as a television antenna テ(te) is pretty easy to remember. What do you think テキサス(tekisasu) is? It’s the American state Texas.
Today’s last katakana is ト(to). 1, 2. Here is テスト(tesuto), “test” and トースト(tōsuto), “toast”.
Now let’s have a short quiz. I will show you the word in katakana and you read it. Bonus points if you remember what it means.
タクシー(takushī), “taxi”
スーツ(sūtsu), “suit”
トースト(tōsuto), “toast”
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. Were you able to tell that テキサス(Tekisasu) was Texas? If you want to talk about your own hometown in Japanese, you should transcribe it into katakana first. Los Angeles is ロサンゼルス(Rosanzerusu) and London is ロンドン(Rondon). Try to figure out how to say your hometown, state or country in katakana. Then find a Japanese map and look at how you pronounce different country names in Japanese.
20 down, 26 to go. We will go past the halfway mark in the next video. So keep it up.


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October 29th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
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How was this katakana lesson? Are you starting to get the hang of it?

October 22nd, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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Hi Learner

Thank you for leaving a comment. We are glad to know you like this lesson series! 😄

Keep up the good work!


Miki H

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October 17th, 2018 at 11:56 pm
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I really like her lessons!

February 3rd, 2018 at 2:25 am
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Hi Anna,

Sorry for the late reply. Here is how to say "I live in Bozeman, Montana" in Japanese.

Watashi wa Montana shū, Bōzuman ni sunde imasu.


Keep up the good work!

Miki H

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September 26th, 2017 at 7:36 am
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I live in Bozeman Montana

How would I say that in Japanese

July 10th, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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Hi Miguel,

Spain is written as スペイン in Japanese.

Thank you for your comment!


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Miguel Ángel
June 27th, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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How do you write Spain?

June 26th, 2017 at 9:34 am
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Houssem san,


That is アルジェリア.?

Yuki 由紀

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June 5th, 2017 at 11:30 pm
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i tried to write my country but i couldnt hahahaha , can you show me how to write ALGERIA ??

February 15th, 2017 at 8:51 pm
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> Rain さん、


Very good question and very good point! Actually, we use the word コーチ and

as translator myself, I won't recommend you to remember 監督 as a definite translation

for coach because the word/translation can vary depending on sport.

I mean, for instance, 監督 of certain football clubs is 'manager' whilst 監督 in volleyball teams

are usually 'head coach' (and 'coach' means completely something else).

For now, as a general idea, please remember that we do use the word コーチ and

it can be translated as it is :wink:

> Kate-san,

konnichiwa! :innocent:

Moscow is a big city and major cities already have fixed names in Japanese.

Moscow in Japanese is モスクワ :wink:

Natsuko (奈津子),

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February 15th, 2017 at 4:17 am
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I tried to write Moscow, is this acceptable? モースコー