TYJ Katakana shapes

By Takasugi · May 22, 2017 ·
  1. Takasugi
    4.5. Katakana shapes

    4.5.1. Comparison between hiragana and katakana

    Some katakana look like the corresponding hiragana, but many of them are different. Hiragana often have round curves, and katakana often have straight lines.

    Romanizationaiueo
    Hiragana
    Katakana
    Romanizationkakikukekokyakyukyo
    Hiraganaきゃきゅきょ
    Katakanaキャキュキョ
    Romanizationgagigugegogyagyugyo
    Hiraganaぎゃぎゅぎょ
    Katakanaギャギュギョ
    Romanizationsasisusesosyasyusyo
    Hiraganaしゃしゅしょ
    Katakanaシャシュショ
    Romanizationzazizuzezozyazyuzyo
    Hiraganaじゃじゅじょ
    Katakanaジャジュジョ
    Romanizationtatitutetotyatyutyo
    Hiraganaちゃちゅちょ
    Katakanaチャチュチョ
    Romanizationdazizudedozyazyuzyo
    Hiraganaぢゃぢゅぢょ
    Katakanaヂャヂュヂョ
    Romanizationnaninunenonyanyunyo
    Hiraganaにゃにゅにょ
    Katakanaニャニュニョ
    Romanizationhahihuhehohyahyuhyo
    Hiraganaひゃひゅひょ
    Katakanaヒャヒュヒョ
    Romanizationbabibubebobyabyubyo
    Hiraganaびゃびゅびょ
    Katakanaビャビュビョ
    Romanizationpapibupepopyapyupyo
    Hiraganaぴゃぴゅぴょ
    Katakanaピャピュピョ
    Romanizationmamimumemomyamyumyo
    Hiraganaみゃみゅみょ
    Katakanaミャミュミョ
    Romanizationyaiyueyo
    Hiragana
    Katakana
    Romanizationrarirureroryaryuryo
    Hiraganaりゃりゅりょ
    Katakanaリャリュリョ
    Romanizationwaiueo
    Hiragana
    Katakana
    Romanizationn-
    Hiragana
    Katakana


    4.5.2. Confusing katakana

    The following katakana resemble one another.

    Romanizationama
    Katakana
    Romanizationukuketehurawao
    Katakana
    Romanizationsisoturin
    Katakana
    These katakana are indeed confusing. Written from left to right, the lines of シ have the beginning points at the left side of the katakana. Written from top to bottom, those in ツ have the beginning points at the upper side.

    The lines of ン are similar to those in シ, and the lines of ソ are similar to ツ.

    The lines of リ are parallel in the upper half of it.

    Romanizationsunu
    Katakana
    Romanizationtiname
    Katakana
    Romanizationnimi
    Katakana
    Romanizationnorure
    Katakana

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    Takasugi
    My name is TAKASUGI Shinji. TAKASUGI is my family name, and Shinji is my given name; a family name is placed before a given name in Japan, as in other Asian nations. My family name is capitalized to avoid misunderstanding.

    I have been living in Yokohama since I was born. Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan, which is just 30 kilometers away from the biggest city Tôkyô. It takes 30 minutes to go by train from home to Shibuya, which is the hottest town now in Tôkyô.

    I work as a display engineer.

    One of my hobbies is creating things with computers; creating programs, computer graphics and web pages is the thing I spent a lot of time doing. I am also interested in a wide range of sciences, and linguistics is my favorite. I like English and I like using it, but my focus is mainly on Japanese, which is my native language. I'm proud of knowing the language, and the difference between English and Japanese has been fascinating me. I have been thinking whether I can introduce it to people outside of Japan. My attempt of introducing Japanese with some Java applets has had more than 1 million visitors.


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