Japanese Alphabet: There are three different japanese alphabets: ♢ Hiragana, uses with kanji to make japanese words ♢ Katakana, used for words coming from the english ♢ Kanji , used usually with by pair, or with hiragana - Japanese Language
Unlike kanji, hiragana is a phonetic alphabet, which means that each symbol represents one sound only. Hiragana is used to write the grammatical parts of words and sentences, and words which don't have a kanji
Katakana (カタカナ) is one of two Japanese syllablaries. Unlike an alphabet each character forms one syllable. There are 49 characters in total. Katakana is mostly used for foreign loan words or emphasis.-- I can read Katakana and Hiragana already!