A more angular form of the hiragana syllabary, generally used to write foreign words.
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One of the three common Japanese alphabets (see also Kanji and Hiragana). Katakana is made up of 48 symbols that represent syllables, and is mostly used for phonetically spelling words and names imported from foreign languages, such as Takushi (Taxi). Again, Katakana is not that hard to learn and ...
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(from the article `arts, East Asian`) ...versions of Chinese characters, known as man`ygana, were employed to represent Japanese phonetic sounds, and two even more abbreviated phonetic ... Two kinds of kana, or syllabic writing, developed from man`y-gana. Katakana, which is angular in appearance, de...
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A Japanese phonetic syllabary used primarily for foreign names and place names and words of foreign origin. The symbols are angular, while those of Hiragana are cursive. Katakana is written left to right, or top to bottom. See Kanji.
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In contrast to the hiragana syllabary, which is used for Japanese language words and grammatical inflections which kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is primarily used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well ...
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Japanese characters/letters used to write words of a foreign origin. Fantasy-based words, sound effects, and some characters' names are written in katakana.
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(Japanese) The square-formed Japanese kana syllabary. Katakana is mostly used to write foreign names, foreign words, and loan words as well as many onomatopeia, plant and animal names. (2001-03-18)
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