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Learn Katakana


STEP 1: Learn to read katakana

Katakana mnemonic presents each katakana with a mnemonic help to memorize.

Katakana mnemonic        Flashcard exercise

Katakana recognition games

1. Gojuon order      2. Random order

Katakana guessing game

Katakana gussing is a group activity. Compete with your friends.

Katakana guessing



Higarana-katakana association games

katakana to hiragana    hiragana to katakana

Katakana cards

You can download ready-to-use katakana cards for your practice.

Download the entire set


STEP 2: Increasing speed of reading katakana

This is a simple trainer to improve recognition speed of hiragana.

Read katakana aloud quickly before you hear the answer.
Your goal is to shorten the interval to 0.4 second.

カタカナトレーナー(Katakana Trainer


STEP 3: Practice reading words in katakana

 Animals 1            Sweets1

Northeastern states      Midwestern states

Soutern states         Western states

STEP 4: Exercise spelling

In this exercise, you will reconstruct the word you hear by selecting katakana.
You do not need to know meanings of words.

Food and drinks 1           Sweeets 1
Countries 1            Cities 1

Northeastern states      Midwestern states

Southern states         Western states

  EU countries scrambler     Olympic Games -Winter- scrambler

Pokemon Name Challenge

This series of exercises challenge your knowledge of names of 150 pokemons.
Five groups are set. In each exercise, you can three a difficulty level.
If you clear all five groups in "very challenging" level, your knowledge of Pokemon is superb.


Group 1 Part 1 Part 2

Group 2 Part 1 Part 2

Group 3 Part 1 Part 2

Group 4 Part 1 Part 2

Group 5 Part 1 Part 2

STEP 5: Practice writing

When you practice writing katakana, pay attention to the following three points:

1. Stroke orders: Click the katakana in the table and watch how a character is written. Follow the stroke order.
2. Three stoke types: There are 3 types of strokes, stop, release, and hook.

3. Some characters when typed or printed look different from hand-written shapes. You will practice hand-written shapes here, but be aware when you read printed text.

Katakana table

You can watch how to write a kana by clicking it.


Download katakana writing practice grid

Mobile app for writing practice: Kana Bimoji

Kana Bimoji is a mobile app to practice writing Hiragana and Katakana.
It is developed and released from Gloding Inc.
The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.

This app was originally developed for Japanese children.
It has been modified for Japanese language learners.
All directions are in English.

Andoroid version iOS version 


Writing with a finger is not the same as writing with a pen or pencil.
So, a stylus pen is recommended to simulate writing motion with a pen.
Stylus pens are available for purchase at a major computer or stationery store for $5 to $10.

Open Bimoji app and touch "スタート" (start) in blue. Touch the first character "あ."
Characters are arranged vertically from right to left.
* If you want to turn BGM off, click the circle on the left.


In the blank white box, write the character "あ" following the correct stroke order.
The number on the upper left indicates remaining time in seconds to finish writing.


The program rates handwriting in three levels: "残念" (bad), "並" (good), or "美" (great)
by calculating deviations from model.
Touch "新規" (New) in the lower left corner to write again.
The arrow ▶ brings up a next character.
The arrow ◀ brings up a previous character.︎
Touch BACK on the top right corner for the table.


The table shows the current rating on characters a student has practiced.
Getting "美" stamps on all hiragana is a good goal,
but score of 80, 並" (good) is sufficient.