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Katakana is the second alphabet and isn't used too too often. It's only used for words that come from outside of Japan, basically foreign to Japan. Those words can come from any country and are not just limited to English. Therefore, you may see words written in katakana but do not mean what you think. (Aka, those words could've come from Germany, Spain, etc. I'll show you examples later.)
You do have to be careful though! Most words in katakana already have a particular spelling. You can easily make any word into Japanese by using katakana, but since so many are already transcribed, you could unintentionally spell a word wrong. (Examples later.)
This isn't just limited to words, this can also include foreign names. Any name not native to Japan is written in katakana. Another instance of katakana can be seen in Japanese comic books (manga) in which onomatopoeia is typed/written in katakana.