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typing in japanese like natives

Posted: 2011-04-21, 8:08
by kman1
I was trying to figure out how do Japanese natives type the Japanese language in Japan. I don't think they use romaji like we do for typing on computers and also for typing Japanese on cell phones. I can't find a definitive guide on how to do this on Google. I do have some links though:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_m ... Gyaru-moji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_m ... ile_phones
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_input_methods
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word- ... 89576.aspx
The JIS keyboard system is the national standard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#Japanese
http://nihongo-e-na.com/eng/hint/id148_2.html
http://www.toppa.com/2007/english-windo ... -keyboard/
http://blog.greggman.com/blog/japanese_ ... indows_xp/
http://blog.gatunka.com/2009/09/12/usin ... anese-ime/

Anyone know the answers? Typing Japanese 1. on computers and 2. on cell phones in Japan like the natives do. Thank you!

Re: typing in japanese like natives

Posted: 2011-04-24, 18:33
by md0
Actually most Japanese people I know prefer romaji over kana input on computers (ローマ字入力/かな入力).
It would be cool to know some statistics on that.

On cellphones, if we ignore phones with full QWERTY keyboards, the only option is the numerical input. Every key has 5 basic kana assigned to it (and if applicable: their smaller counterparts). 1 has あいうえおぁぃぅぇぉ, 2 has かきくけこ, 3 has さしすせそ and so on. # or * has dakuten and handakuten.

Re: typing in japanese like natives

Posted: 2011-04-25, 6:58
by kman1
Yeah, I finally figured out how to do it. All I have to do is hit the "KANA" button on the language bar. I don't know how I missed that. :oops:

I'll have to explore how to type in Japanese on mobile phones though. What you mentioned sounds interesting. :hmm:

Re: typing in japanese like natives

Posted: 2011-04-25, 11:39
by Śrāmaṇera
meidei wrote:Actually most Japanese people I know prefer romaji over kana input on computers (ローマ字入力/かな入力).
It would be cool to know some statistics on that.



I don't have any statistics but the o-kaasan in the family I stayed with in Fukuoka-ken in February confessed she was not very good at using romaji... She systematically uses the kana input, which is exactly how you described it :

meidei wrote:Every key has 5 basic kana assigned to it (and if applicable: their smaller counterparts). 1 has あいうえおぁぃぅぇぉ, 2 has かきくけこ, 3 has さしすせそ and so on. # or * has dakuten and handakuten.