Writing Japanese Katakana

Writing Japanese katakana characters can be learned in the same way as in writing hiragana. Similarly, there are 46 of them. In this section you will get to learn the first 25 characters.

In the diagrams that you are going to see, the first character on the left in each row shows the full katakana character.

The subsequent columns show you the strokes in the correct order.

By following the green line of each stroke, memorize how each katakana character is written.

After a few rounds of practice, learn to write each character without looking at the diagram.

As compared to hiragana characters, katakana characters have more straight lines and more angular corners in terms of shape. But it's also not difficult to master how to write them after some practices.

Be careful of some katakana characters that look similar, like ソ (so) and ン (n). The main difference is the direction of the second stroke. For ソ (so), the second stroke starts from the top right and diagonally down to the bottom left. Whereas for ン (n), it's a stroke starting from the bottom left and diagonally up to slightly below the top right.

Write katakana in the a-line

The following diagram shows how to write katakana characters ア (a), イ (i), ウ (u), エ (e) and オ (o) in the correct order and strokes.

Writing Japanese Katakana in a-line

Write katakana in the ka-line

The following diagram shows how to write katakana characters カ (ka), キ (ki), ク (ku), ケ (ke) and コ (ko) in the correct order and strokes.

Writing Japanese Katakana in ka-line

Write katakana in the sa-line

The following diagram shows how to write katakana characters サ (sa), シ (shi), ス (su), セ (se) and ソ (so) in the correct order and strokes.

Writing Japanese Katakana in sa-line

Write katakana in the ta-line

The following diagram shows how to write katakana characters タ (ta), チ (chi), ツ (tsu), テ (te) and ト (to) in the correct order and strokes.

Writing Japanese Katakana in ta-line

Write katakana in the na-line

The following diagram shows how to write katakana characters ナ (na), ニ (ni), ヌ (nu), ネ (ne) and ノ (no) in the correct order and strokes.

Writing Japanese Katakana in na-line

Practise as many times as you can and you will be able to write katakana characters without referring to the diagrams quickly.

Related Pages

Learn to write katakana in the ha-line, ma-line, ya-line, ra-line, wa, wo and n.

Learn to write hiragana in the a-line, ka-line, sa-line, ta-line and na-line.

Learn to write hiragana in the ha-line, ma-line, ya-line, ra-line, wa, wo and n.

To know more, I recommend you take a look at this book on katakana.

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