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Typing in Japanese

Miyako
Asked 6 years ago

How do you type with Japanese symbols? I thought you needed a weird keyboard or something, but I see a lot of people using them.

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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Howdy,

It depends on what OS you are using. I know that if you use Windows 7 or 8 you can go to the "Control Panel" and go to "Clock, Language, and Region" (if it is Win7 it might be small text but it is there) and you can selct "Languages" or something along those lines and add another language. If I recall Win7/8 comes with around 80+ language packs, so I know for sure Japanese is in there. After that you will see the letters "ENG" next to your system clock on the task bar. If you click that you can select Japanese IME. It will then give you a tab next to the new "J" symbol that will allow you, if you right click, to select the different types of symbols (i.e. English, Hiragana small/large, and katakana small/large). Typically when typing in Hiragana you just hit spacebar and it will convert it to a Kanji character. I hope this helps!

がんばって!

-Gatze-

Gatze
Answered 6 years ago

I should add I am not too familiar with Mac OS so if someone could chime in that'd be great!

Gatze
Commented 6 years ago

Also, with Linux you might have to download a language pack depending on the type you run (Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, etc...the major distros as examples). If you go to whatever main site, I'm certain they will have a language pack that has Japanese, with install instructions.

Gatze
Commented 6 years ago

To make this possible on Mac OS, go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Input Sources. Click the little + sign and add Japanese. You can choose to have have it show which input you are currently using in the menu bar (I suggest it), and will allow you to use Romanji, Hiragana, or Katakana. As Gatze said, as you start typing in Hiragana, it will give you the option to choose the matching Kanji. You can also use hot keys to switch between character output. Hope that helped!

ack!
Commented 6 years ago

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I can't stress enough  about how much better it is to use an actual Japanese keyboard though.

I picked one up off amazon for £12 so they're not expensive

霊子
Answered 6 years ago

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lykz
Answered 6 years ago

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lykz
Answered 6 years ago