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How to type Hiragana on the computer

I have absolutely no idea how to type the Hiragana characters on the computer if you know how please comment cuz I really need some help. :)

November 2, 2017



I use Lexilogios's multi-lingual keyboard. I type it on there then copy and paste it onto the text box. http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/hiragana.htm


Is there some advantage to using that site and having to copy-paste the text from there to here, rather than simply typing Japanese here directly the proper way? (Such as how it displays a nice list of hiragana and the romaji equivalents—some reason like that?)


I'm not sure how else to do it on the computer, so I just stick with this. I'm fine with it, especially as the typing questions are EXTREMELY rare.


In windows, you can simply add Japanese to your languages in settings (regional and languages). Then, you just type the English (Romaji) syllables and it turns it to either Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji by your choice.


I've seen a few people talk up google's IME, over the windows one, particularly in terms of kanji. I think good advice is to be aware of the strengths of each of them (even if i personally just went with the google one, because a few different people recommended it.


Methods vary from different types of OS.

For Windows or Mac users:


Hope this helps, good luck in your Japanese studies! :D


There is Google IME for that purpose if you are using Windows: https://www.google.co.jp/intl/ja/ime/

There are similar IME for Linux and it comes built-in in different flavors, but I am no help here, better google it if you're using Linux

Can't say for Mac, never had one.


I have a Mac, and you can go to system preferences and then, I believe it was in keyboard settings or something. I just checked that I wanted the Japanese keyboard, and while I was there, I added the German one too ;-) It now sits along the top of my screen and I just click on it to adjust which keyboard I want.

Then again, I noticed that I haven't had to use it for quite a while. Either I inadvertently clicked on the "word bank" button, or they did away with it because too many people had trouble with it. I'm wondering... but I sure didn't miss it.


I search on wikipedia "Hiragana" and then there is the alphabet


Sorry if my question is silly, but when and where are you asked to type in Japanese? Both in the mobile app and on the website I am only asked to type in English, while for Japanese I have to build the sentence from pieces. Am I missing something? Thank you


I don’t know if you want this or not but I recommend hitting the word bank button. Much easier than having to type in my opinion. You’ll see it at the bottom of the page. But if you want to type then all the suggestions before this will help you


ok thank you guys for all of your help :)

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