4. Katakana writing tips

Stroke order is extremely important for writing well-balanced Katakana. For example, Japanese differentiate the character of ン(/n/)and ソ(/so/). The second stroke of ン is from down to up, whereas the second stroke of ソis up to down.

Basically, all Japanese writing (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji) write the horizontal stroke first, then the vertical stroke if two lines are crossed. Of course, there are some exceptions though.

Compared to Hiragana, Katakana doesn’t require many curves. Mostly Katakana is with straight lines or sharp lines.

It’s important to pay attention to the direction and termination of each stroke. In this workbook, you’ll see the following marks for each stroke end.

to stop the stroke.

to release the pen pressure.

to hook.

The Roman alphabet to help you to read Katana in this book is same as you type on a computer and, it’s not necessary same as its pronunciation. In that case, it’s clearly indicated each time.

* To type Katakana on a computer, either chose Katakana from IME or press F7 after typing Hiragana on a computer.