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コカコーラのおいしさホントにしってる?

If you’re studying katakana and hiragana, try reading the sign on top of this vending machine. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

The verb 知ってる is written in hiragana, しってる, and the noun 美味しさ,  or おいしさ here, gets the hiragana treatment as well.

i-adjectives in Japanese are easy to convert to their noun forms,  just replace the final i(い) with sa(さ). This pitch for Coca-Cola includes a great example of this in a natural context,  with the adjective for delicious, おいしい appearing in its noun form, おいしさ. For more examples of this, take a moment to read a very concise,  well done piece here, at NIHONGO ICHIBAN.

Did you notice that 本当に(ほんとに) is written in katakana in this ad? In Japan katakana is often employed in advertising for emphasis, much as italics would be used in elsewhere.

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Originally posted 2013-09-07 01:00:04.

Kana Kanban

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ゴジラのたまご

If you’re studying hiragana and katakana, try reading this crate. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

At 7800 yen(about $80 USD) these watermelon aren’t cheap but the novel name and packaging should make for a memorable summer gift. Even if you can’t read the katakana and hiragana, the illustration will tell you that this is in fact not a melon,  it’s Godzilla’s egg!  Run while you still can!

These are from Hokkaido(北海道)and are distributed by Japan’s biggest agricultural cooperative, JA.

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Originally posted 2013-07-29 13:05:04.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #8: Bistro’s Sign

Bistro's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

スノッビー

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this sign.  It shouldn’t be much of a challenge with the English word written above it, but I couldn’t resist sharing this.

Despite my apprehensions I went there for dinner and the couple who run it were nothing but welcoming and served up some tasty dishes, too!

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Originally posted 2013-07-27 02:59:39.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #10: Ramen Shop’s Poster

Ramen shop's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

カレー

ラーメン

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this  restaurant’s poster. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

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Originally posted 2013-07-05 07:24:58.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #11: Restaurant’s Menu Board

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ランチコース

ディナーコース

アラカルト

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this Italian restaurant’s menu board. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help.

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Originally posted 2013-06-28 03:21:19.