I recently picked up japanese and I struggle with the japanese typesetting.

I can swith the keyboard from japanese to english, and I am new to that. How can I type a small つ for example?

Or how can I swap easily between the several types to be more efficient when I type vocabulary to learn?

I do that with my mouse and that is really annoying and time consuming to swap all the time between roman letters, hiragana, katakana and so on.

Any tips? Thanks.


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Try typing an x before whatever kana you want small, like xtsu and xa give you and .

To switch keyboards, on Windows you can hit Win + SPACE, then Ctrl + CAPSLOCK gives hiragana, and Alt + CAPSLOCK gives katakana. To write in romaji just type the first letter in upper case (not sure if there is a shortcut to switch to romaji, I never use IME to write romaji).

  • Thanks. What do you mean by 'full case' and 'IME'?
    – Cornman
    Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 23:24
  • Sorry, I meant "uppercase". IME are editors which allows to enter different alphabets: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Input_method. There are several (Windows's and Google's, for example), you have to check for your operating system and find whichever suits you.
    – Mauro
    Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 23:29
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    @Cornman Most of the time you don't need to type っ at all. If you double the consonant of the following character it will be added automatically, e.g. かった is typed as 'katta',やっぱり is 'yappari'. Commented Nov 2, 2019 at 23:43
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    If it it easier to remember [at least for me it is!], instead of "X", go for "L" as in "Little" instead (the L key, no need to make upper case). so similarly ltsu, la etc.
    – Tuomo
    Commented Nov 4, 2019 at 13:02

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