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Steve Witt

International & Area Studies Library
Associate Professor
University Library
Center for Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

311 Main Library

Library Guide for Japanese Studies

Resource Guide for the Study of Japanese Language: Originally created by Makiko Ishizawa and now maintained by the International and Area Studies Library, this guide contains Japanese language studies resources for intermediate to advanced learners.

Tadoku and Easy Readers

Learn Online with Rosetta Stone

The library has a campus-wide subscription to the Rosetta Stone software, so you can use this to learn Japanese or supplement your class. https://www-s.library.illinois.edu/rosetta/


Japanese Romanization Table

Kana (K) Romanized (R) K R K R K R K R
a i u e o
ka ki ku ke ko
sa shi su se so
ta chi tsu te to
na ni nu ne no
ha hi fu he ho
ma mi mu me mo
ya yu yo
ra ri ru re ro
wa i u e o
ga gi gu ge go
za ji zu ze zo
da ji zu de do
ba bi bu be bo
pa pi pu pe po
きゃ kya きゅ kyu きょ kyo
しゃ sha しゅ shu しょ sho
ちゃ cha ちゃ chu ちょ cho
にゃ nya にゅ nyu にょ nyo
ひゃ hya ひゅ hyu ひょ hyo
みゃ mya みゅ myu みょ myo
りゃ rya りゅ ryu りょ ryo
ぎゃ gya ぎゅ gyu ぎょ gyo
じゃ ja じゅ ju じょ jo
びゃ bya びゅ byu びょ byo
ぴゃ pya ぴゅ pyu ぴょ pyo
  • Small “tsu” is followed by a double consonant, with the exception of (chi) 、ちゃ(cha) 、ちゅ(chu) 、ちょ(cho), in which case the “c” is not doubled. A “t” is added instead, e.g. (hiragana botchan) becomes “botchan.”
  • 促音(double consonant)
  • 仏教→ Bu kkyo 出版→ shu ppan 学会→ ga kkai
  • ただし、ち(chi) 、ちゃ(cha) 、ちゅ(chu) 、ちょ(cho) の場合は”c”を重ねず、”c”の前に”t”を足す。
  • 坊ちゃん→bo tchan 日中→Ni tchu
  • 例外
  • ~→ “wo” ではなく、”o”