Katakana Basics Online Course | Japanese for Beginners

Learn how to read and write the katakana alphabet
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (10 ratings)
1,687 students
1hr 24min of on-demand video

Recognize and read katakana characters
Write katakana characters using a practice sheet
Be able to read dakuten, handakuten, and small sutegana characters
Read over 150 practice words written and katakana


  • Be familiar with hiragana


Do you want to learn Japanese? When learning a new language, one of the first things you should do is familiarize yourself with its alphabet.

The Japanese writing system has 3 different alphabets - hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Most Japanese learners start by learning hiragana, then katakana, then kanji.

If you haven't learned hiragana yet, I highly suggest taking my hiragana course here on Udemy before taking this one.

Katakana has the same pronunciation patterns and rules as hiragana, but it's mainly used for words that originated from other languages. You'll also see katakana used for names, places, and many scientific terms. We also use katakana to emphasize words in a sentence.

In this course, you will learn how to read and write the katakana alphabet with video lessons and over 150 practice words. Video lessons include a simple explanation of the characters and visuals of stroke order and font variations. The resources section of this course also includes downloadable practice sheets and Quizlet sets to help you master hiragana. By the end of this course, you’ll not only have the katakana characters memorized, but you’ll also understand how the characters come together to create words.

Thanks for checking out this course! Best of Luck!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Japanese learners who want to learn how to read and write Japanese


Japanese Teacher
Andy Watabe
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 36 Reviews
  • 2,087 Students
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I am a Japanese and English teacher with a Master's Degree in Second Language Teaching.

Japanese can be a hard language! My goal is help people who want to learn Japanese but simply don't know where to start.

In my free time, I like to play the piano, karaoke, and spend time with family and friends.

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