Some small Katakana use "x" followed by "i", "u", "e", etc. which makes characters such as "ィ", "ゥ", "ェ".

Typing "xx" will make "ッx", and if you follow that up with "i", "u", "e", etc., you get "ッィ", "ッゥ", "ッェ".

But if you want to type something like "メッセージを入力", how can you type "ッ" without deleting the leftover "x"?

I should mention that this is on a Mac, but I see that this holds true on Android's Google Japanese keyboard as well.

  • Anything wrong with just typing messe-ji? Mar 17, 2019 at 18:53
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    Ahh, I see now. You effectively need to pay attention to the kana that follows "ッ", and use the first letter of the following kana twice. In this case, "sse" makes "ッセ". Thank you. Everywhere else kept alluding to utilizing "x" when writing out the desired word.
    – Amish
    Mar 17, 2019 at 18:57
  • <not answering the question, but>, while I didn't know x could be used that way, also l (small L) works the same way; I think it is easier to remember (l=little) Anyway, while I would also use messe-ji but now that you mention, also mextsuse-ji works.
    – Tuomo
    Jun 18, 2019 at 13:39

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The small kana ッ or っ appear for any double consonant, so ss converts to っs with the second s waiting for a vowel, so メッセージ can be input typing messe-ji.

You can also use x, as in xtu or xtsu (for example for typing a final small っ with nothing coming after it), but it's usually faster to type ttっt, say, and delete the final t.

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