'How to type in Japanese'
What Software Will You Need?
You will have to have some kind of Japanese software. The HIRC (HH 269) has a Mac Lab and PC lab where the computers are equipped with a Japanese language kit.
How to Begin:
If you are using a Mac, hold down the apple key, and hit the space bar. You have now converted from English word-processing to Japanese word-processing. You should also see a red symbol in the upper right corner of your screen. If a blue diamond still appears in that corner, you are still using the English word processor.
In PC, you should see the letters EN on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. EN should be near the clock on right side. Click on EN and choose Japanese in the Language bar. Also select "Show the language bar." Then change from change "A" to "Hiragana." You will want to use IME Standard (red icon) over Natural Input (blue icon).
How to Type in ひらがな：
Just type as you would write the word in rooma-ji and then hit the enter/return
Example: To type わたし, type "watashi", and hit the enter/return key.
For long vowels, you have to type the word as it would be written in hiragana
and not as it sounds.
Example: To type おはよう, type "ohayou," not "ohayoo."
To type ん、you have to type 'n' twice.
Example: To type きんようび, type "kinnyoubi."
For small や、ゆ、よ as in きゃく、しゅうまつ、しょくじ、type as it appears in rooma-ji:
Example: To type きゃく, type "kyaku", しゅうまつ, "shuumatsu", and しょくじ, "shokuji."
For small つ、as in きってand ちょっと, type the consonants twice which follow the small
Example: To type きってand ちょっと, type "kitte" and "chotto."
For topic marker 「は」, type "ha"
For object marker 「を」, type "wo"
For direction marker 「へ」, type "he"
How to Type カタカナ：
Type a katakana word just as you would do a hiragana word, and then hit the space bar. It should automatically be converted into katakana if the word is commonly written in katakana.
To write your name or an uncommon word, type a katakana word just as you would do a hiragana word, and then press F7. It should be converted into katakana. In order to switch back to hiragana, press F6. For the vowel lengthener, simply type a "dash."
For small ア, イ, ウ, エ, オ, etc., type letter "l" (el) and "a"
"i" or "u" etc.
"L" stands for little.
How to Type かんじ：
Type a word and hit the space bar. The computer automatically will choose a kanji for the word. If the chosen kanji is not correct, hit the space bar until you get the right kanji.
How to Type Punctuations:
Japanese period [。] → Press . (period)
Japanese comma[、] → Press , (comma)
Japanese open quote..「 → Press [
Japanese end quote...」 → Press ]
Japanese dod [・] →Press /? (slash, question mark), which is used between your first name and last name.
Convert a sentence phrase by phrase.
Example: to type the sentence ”今日は水曜日です。”：
Type (1) kyou (2) ha <hit the space bar to convert to kanji>
(3) suiyoubi <hit the space bar to convert to kanji>
(4) desu (５) period <and finally hit the return key.>
Now Let's Practice typing:
Type the following sentences for your practice.
How to switch from English to Japanese or Japanese to English in keyboard in PC
Press Alt and Shift at the same time. Then the languages in the Language bar will change. With Japanese in the Language bar, pressing Alt and ” /~ ”(next to 1) at the same time will change between English input mode and Japanese input mode.
How to see word numbers
Word 2003 version: Go to Tool > Word Count
How to add furigana (reading of kanji)
Word 2003 version
Highlight kanji on which you would like to put furigana. Go to Format > Asian Layout > Phonetic Guide.
Word 2007 version
Clicking on the Office icon at the top far left of Word. Then at the bottom right-hand side of the window that opens, click on "Word Options / Customize." Then under "Choose Commands from:" select "All commands." Scroll down the alphabetical list to "Phonetic Guide."
If "Phonetic Guide" is not on this list, you may need to change your default language settings (Word Options / Popular / Language Settings / Editing Languages / Primary Editing Language).
Word 2010 version
File > options > Customize Ribbon > Change “popular commands” to “all commands” > Scroll down to “Phonetic Guide” > click on “New Tab” > click on “Add”
How to Use Japanese in Webmail
In order to read/write Japanese in Webmail, go to "Options" and then "Display Preferences." Under General Display Options, switch Language selection to Japanese.