Kodansha’s Katakana Workbook A Step-by-Step Approach to Basic Japanese Writing
Kanji, hiragana, and katakana each have different roles in Japanese. The role of katakana is primarily to transcribe loanwords (words borrowed from other languages), a great many of which come from English.
Katakana is also used to write foreign names, onomatopoeic words, and the names of certain plants and animals. Finally, katakana is sometimes used simply for emphasis, similar to the way italics are used in English.
With , you’ll learn how to correctly read and write all the katakana characters. At the same time, you’ll also learn more than 330 useful words and expressions. With the free audio files downloadable from kodansha-intl.com, you’ll get a good sense of how English loanwords are pronounced in Japanese. And with the knowledge of katakana you gain from this book, you’ll be able to begin reading words everywhere around you in Japan—in signs and advertisements, as well as in manga, magazines, and other media.
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