Issue 14: Study Tips
Learn how to write beautiful handwritten katakana!
n part 2 of Handwriting Masterclass we’ll move on to katakana. Like hiragana, katakana was also derived from Chinese characters but bears closer resemblance to kanji. Therefore, katakana are written in a similar way as kanji featuring more straight lines and sharp angles. Katakana is mostly used to write foreign loan words and is often considered a little more difficult to grasp because of less usage compared to hiragana. Nevertheless, being able to read them and write them beautifully is what today’s issue is about. Let’s write katakana!
Printed vs Handwritten
In Handwriting Masterclass part 1, Hiragana, we talked about how printed fonts differ from handwritten script. Handwritten katakana on the other hand follows printed fonts more closely and are for the most part identical.
To help you develop real handwriting, use this set of 5 practise sheets each covering 8 – 10 katakana. On the left you’ll see the printed version of a character (including romaji pronunciation for those still learning katakana) and on the right the actual written version. Arrows and pointers will guide you through and dotted examples as well as practise squares let’s you practise them on your own. Also included is a handy checklist for you to keep track.
Feel free to download (click to open or right-click to download) the sheets (in high quality PDF) below and print them out in glorious color or black and white (laser printers: don’t forget to turn on raster for even better prints) as many times as you want.
Now you’ve learned the basics of the Japanese script, hiragana and katakana, keep practise writing them many times. Next time in the final part of Handwriting Masterclass, we’ll move on to writing kanji! (Don’t expect a 2000-character-counting practise sheet though 笑)