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Small kana alter the pronunciation of the kana before it, so if you're using romaji input you can make kana small by typing that new pronunciation "kyuu" (two syllables) and not "kiyuu" (three syllables)
You can also make kana small on their own by adding an "x" or "l" before it, "xyu" or "lyu"
If you're using direct kana input the shift key will switch large kana to small.
Note the size of the ゆ; it isn't the normal "Yu" kana, but the small ゅ that modifies the sound that comes before it
きゆう says "KiYuu" which makes three syllables and would be incorrect
きゅう is written and pronounced "Kyuu" only two syllables and means "nine"
Type "Kyu" instead of "Ki yu"
Hi, I'm using Japanese handwritten google keyboard, sometimes even when I'm right , my answer doesn't get accepted, why? For eg : 9 is written as ki+yu+u = きゆう , but it's still showing wrong. Same thing is happening with some other words too. Any idea why this this is happening?
I had the same issue, I found that downloading a Google Japanese Keyboard and hitting the bottom left button after typing a character changes the size. It should be the one with the dakuon ( symbols that change the sounds of characters) , and should be the 4th from the top left and 1st on the bottom. I do hope this helps.
The problem with handwritten input is that there are many characters in Japanese that are very similar in appearance and IMEs aren't smart enough to distinguish context and always convert to the correct character.
You have the wrong sized ゆ in there, writing "Ki yu u" as three syllables, but 9 is actually きゅう, with a small ゅ to say "kyuu", only two syllables. The small kana combine with the kana before it to alter its pronunciation.
Vowel length is important in Japanese. Changing the length of a vowel changes the pronunciation and can completely change the meaning of a word. If you don't type the proper vowel length in hiragana an IME also will not convert it to the proper kanji.
for example, おじさん ojisan - Uncle おじいさん ojiisan - Grandfather
ほし hoshi - Star ほうし houshi - Service/ministry ほしい hoshii - Want
きゅう with the smaller ゆ is akin to saying kyuu (the word we're looking for)
きゆう with the bigger ゆ is akin to saying kiyuu, and isn't what we're looking for. Smaller letters modify the letter before them (though not all letters as you learn more you'll figure it out, it's mostly the i letters though with some exceptions.
You've answered your own question there,
きゆう is "ki yu u" a three mora word
きゅう is "kyu u" a two mora word
They are different words with different spelling and pronunciation
きゅう is the spelling for the number 9
きゆう means "needless fear, groundless apprehension, unfounded worry"
Nine is きゅう with a small ゅ
The small kana combine with the kana before it to alter its pronunciation.
きゆう Ki yu u - three syllables
きゅう Kyu u - two syllables
With romaji input type "kyuu"
With direct kana input Shift + ゆ and with 12 keys it's ゆ and the alternate character button