Today, we will study special katakana. As you know, katakana is used for loan words. However, sometimes it is difficult to prounce foreign words only with the katakana we have learned. The katakana combinations below are helpful for representing the pronunciations of foreign words more accurately.
ウィ、ウェ、ウォ (wi, we, wo) are pronounced as “wee, weh, woh” as in window, wet, woke, respectively.
シェ (she) is pronounced as “sheh” as in shed.
チェ (che) is pronounced as “cheh” as in chess.
ティ、トゥ (ti, tu) are pronounced as “tee, too” as in tee, too, respectively.
ツァ、ツェ、ツォ (tsa, tse, tso) are pronounced as in pizza, pizzeria, canzone in Italian, respectively.
ファ、フィ、フェ、フォ (fa, fi, fe, fo) are pronounced as “fah, fee, feh, foh” as in father, fig, feather, falk, respectively.
ジェ (je) is pronounced as “jeh” as in jelly.
ディ、ドゥ (di,du) are pronounced as “dee, doo” as in decent, do, respectively.
デュ (dyu) is pronounced as dyoo as in dew.
ヴァ、ヴィ、ヴ、ヴェ、ヴォ (vi, va, vu, ve, vo) are pronounced as vah, vee, voo, veh, voh as in vast, vivid, déjà vu, vet, vote.
Let’s learn 10 new words.
ヴィヴァルディ is Vivaldi.
デュエット is duet.
モーツァルト is Mozart.
チェロ is cello.
フォーム is form.
Here are some questions. What is カフェ?
It is café.
What is ティーカップ?
It is teacup.
What is ソフトウェア?
It is software.
What is ディスク?
It is disc.
What is ジェットエンジン?
It is jet engine.
Awesome! You have completed all the katakana letters. Congratulations!