This is an online tool which converts names written using the Roman alphabet into katakana notation. How do you write your own name in katakana? Why not try checking here?

  • You can see a name you enter using the alphabet displayed in katakana form.
  • The site is simply-designed and really easy to use.
  • You can choose different styles of font (handwritten with a brush, manga-style etc.) to display the katakana version of your name.

How to...

Enter your name where it says 'Your first name', choose the style of font you want under 'Style', then click 'Translate'.

The results of your search will then appear. If you choose 'Modern' for the style, this font will be used. Pretty sharp, isn't it? It kind of looks like a brand logo.

Also, just underneath the katakana name display there's a simple explanation about the Japanese pronunciation:

It is pronounced "BURAIAN". (Consonants are pronounced more or less the same way as in English. "A" sounds like a in father, but shorter. "I" sounds like ee in meet, but shorter. "U" sounds like oo in hook, but with less rounding of the lips.)

These contents are part of JAPANESETRANSLATOR.CO.UK.
To get here from the top page, follow the instructions below.

From the menu at the top of the screen, click on 'Your name in Japanese' under 'Dictionaries'.

You might like to try transcribing the katakana name you are given, then, if possible, show it to a teacher or friend who is a native Japanese speaker, so they can check it for you.

Last update 2011.01.07