https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

How do the Japanese type?

I tried looking into this. What I found was that they type english letters, like ka and it would turn into か., but apparently they can change what they've typed into the katakana equivilent or a kanji one if what they've typed has one.

So my question is, does everyone in Japan who types know english characters and how to pronouce them? I know foreign school teach english, but I doubt EVERYONE in Japan can read and pronounce english.

March 3, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariyanaVo

Hi! There are both types of keyboards available in Japan - one based on hiragana and one on romaji (the Latin alphabet that English also uses). The one that uses romaji is more convenient for people who are also likely to use a lot of English. Usually, people prefer one or the other and stick to it, but can type on both.

Please, keep in mind that romaji is not English and knowing how to use that keyboard doesn't mean you know any English. M + E is pronounced [mi] in English, but [meh] in Japanese; S + O is [sou] in English and [so] is Japanese, and so on. It's extremely difficult to find anyone in Japan who can't use romaji at least to that extent, but that doesn't mean they know how to read any English. I hope this helped?

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Thanks, I knew about Romanji but had never seen it before, I only knew it existed.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MariyanaVo

Hi again. It’s romaji. Roma means Rome and ji means characters, so literally Roman characters (as in, of the Latin empire). It’s what you’re typing with right now.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Aagh, I'm thinking of the word roman! Also this proves how little I know about romaji.

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Rereading this months later, as I now know the difference between them, I am cringing so hard at myself.

September 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mutawa99

I think keyboards in Japan are two types, one that has KANA printed on the keys, and one that has ROMAJI types on them. I would assume japanese students are taught how to type using either methods (i.e, using romaji or kana). In either ways, no English language learning is necessary.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Thanks

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Koezumi

Generally Japanese people know how to type in latin script but that doesn't mean they know a language using a latin script. In fact, they'll use romaji for code, band name like AKB48, places' name (for the foreigners) and other things...

The letters are pronounced the Japanese way, so A will be ア B ビand so on... If they want to use a foreign word they'll use Katakana except for services like Skype, Facebook, Line which you can see both Romaji and Katakana used... They also use Arabic number like we do and Japanese's one.

March 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Got it

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Also that is a LOT of languages you've learnt on Duolingo!

March 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bokura

Most japanese can't well use English. (include me) but Almost all japanese know alphabets.(a-z, A-Z) and When We input Japanese-Characters(HIRAGANA, KATAKANA, KANJI) We use ROMAJI on PC(keyboard).

March 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Thanks.

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lightningblizt

Thank you all for your input, I understand now! (and I also get how romanji works as well)

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gg4kzz9O

Well done Bokura san. You said you can't use English well but you expressed yourself well/clearly. おめでとうございます Thank you to MariyanaVo for the spelling correction of romaji (I keep on thinking of the Romans!). みなさん、がんばてください

March 6, 2019
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