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Stormchild
Posted: Jul 21, 2005 4:53 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 271 Location: Vancouver, Canada
For those looking to type in Japanese characters, you need a Japanese input method for your operating system. I'm on a Mac, myself, and it's pretty easy to enable Japanese typing. I don't know how to enable this in Windows, but I'm sure it works in a similar way.

These instructions are for Mac OS X...
  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click International
  3. Go to Input Menu tab
  4. Turn on Kotoeri input (you can disable some of the submodes like Ainu, Half-width Katakana, and Full-width Roman...you won't need those)
  5. Make sure "Show input menu in menubar" is checked.

Now you should choose the Romaji mode (the "A") from the input menu in your menubar (top right). Romaji is the same as the typical US input mode, except that when it's selected, the shortcuts to switch between Romaji, Katakana and Hiragana are active. You'll want to learn those shortcuts if you're going to be doing much typing in Japanese.

When you enable Hiragana or Katakana input, you can type in Japanese. Actually you're typing in Romaji (so you spell the words out with Roman letters), but the letters will change to Hiragana or Katakana as you type. To convert to Kanji, hit the spacebar after you've typed the word.

It takes awhile to get the hang of it, and you have to learn a few tricks (like when you type an 'n' you usually have to type an apostrophe after it or you'll get the wrong kana....try typing 'onna' (woman) and you'll see what I mean). You also need to learn the correct ways to romanize Japanese words. Ai's last name is "ootsuka" not "otsuka" as we write it in English.

Hope that was helpful. By the way, I'm new here. Nice site, thanks for this resource. Smile


Last edited by Stormchild on Jul 24, 2005 8:29 pm; edited 1 time in total
 
spirus
Posted: Jul 21, 2005 5:08 pm Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 935 Location: heartplace
in addition id say to try NJstar
its just word made for japanese..its appears complicated at first but u can get the hang of it easily - well u dont have to fully know each tip of it to enjoy it
i love this programme..its so handy..u can easily use the text in photoshop etc too
 
vvhime
Posted: Jul 22, 2005 7:17 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 24 Jun 2005 Posts: 97 Location: m'sia
And for windows user:
-open control panel
-open Regional and Languange Options
-choose Languages tab
-tick "Install files for East Asian languages"
-click apply, you'll be asked to insert the windows installation CD, so make sure to insert it and let it finish the installation.

-once it's installed, click details button
-click add, then choose input language "Japanese", click OK.
-click apply
-if you want to enable the language bar in the desktop, click "Language Bar" then tick "Show the language bar on the desktop", click OK.
Now you can see that bar in the desktop.

If you want to type in Japanese, make sure to choose japanese. Then choose Input mode, either hiragana, katakana,...
Once you type in hiragana, n you want to change to kanji, just push the shift button in your keyboard and it'll display all possible kanji for that word.
 
usopp
Posted: Jul 22, 2005 8:43 pm Reply with quote
大好きだよ。 大好きだよ。
Joined: 05 May 2005 Posts: 210 Location: Beyond reality.
Yeah, windows users can use that its awsome, but I enjoy using JPWce. I think no one has heard of it because its used only at the college I attended, so I decided to why not share it with you guys.

JPWce is an efficient freeware which allows easy typing Japanese hiragana and katakana. When using the program, press ctrl+D opens up a dictionary. Thats right it includes an easy to use dictionary which you can type english words (ctrl+A for using english alphabets) and also japanese words (ctrl+K to revert to hiragana and CAPS LOCK for katakana). This program also lets you convert it to doc. format so that Microsoft Word can read it. The below link is where you can grab it, however its in rar format so get winrar, HERE.

*I don't know if it works on MAC or not. Anyways, just put the folder anywhere in your computer and to run it click on the icon with the Kanji/Chinese letter.

Download JPWce:Here
 
spirus
Posted: Jul 23, 2005 7:06 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 935 Location: heartplace
vvhime wrote:
-once it's installed, click details button
-click add, then choose input language "Japanese", click OK.
-click apply
-if you want to enable the language bar in the desktop, click "Language Bar" then tick "Show the language bar on the desktop", click OK.
Now you can see that bar in the desktop..

thank you a heap!! ^__^

also a question..has anyone gone at oricon site or generally in a site thats flash? it cant seem to read the characters there >_<
 
qilver
Posted: Aug 27, 2005 3:33 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 25 Aug 2005 Posts: 57 Location: Los Angeles area
I am interested in installing Japanese characters on my PC so that i can have the option of typing in japanese characters(Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji). I am learning Japanese characters and the language, slowly. I have a PC, and want to know where i can get the file for the East Asian Language? Is this something you can download off the internet for free? or is this something that you need to buy from the store and install on your computer to use the Japanese characters?

Thanks for your information.
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 27, 2005 6:34 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
qilver wrote:
I have a PC, and want to know where i can get the file for the East Asian Language? Is this something you can download off the internet for free? or is this something that you need to buy from the store and install on your computer to use the Japanese characters?

Depending on your operating system, you need to install different stuff. The one vvhime mentioned above is for Windows XP, for other version of Windows, you can pick the suitable IME for your PC here.
 
qilver
Posted: Aug 28, 2005 2:07 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 25 Aug 2005 Posts: 57 Location: Los Angeles area
Thanks for the information.
 
spirus
Posted: Aug 28, 2005 10:11 am Reply with quote
フレンジャー フレンジャー
Joined: 20 Jul 2005 Posts: 935 Location: heartplace
well actually u need the windows xp cd
also eyn, do u know wether the ones in ur link there substitude the installation through the cd?..or its better to get both?
 
eyn
Posted: Aug 28, 2005 2:27 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
spirus wrote:
also eyn, do u know wether the ones in ur link there substitude the installation through the cd?..or its better to get both?

Well, for me I always install the East Asian language pack when I install my fresh copy of Windows XP to my HDD, so I have no need to download any of the IME from the web. I'm thinking if you have the XP cd and is running XP, you can just install them from the CD without downloading anything.

If you do not have an XP cd for some reason, I'm thinking you should try the office global IME available on the site, but I'm not sure if that will work, seems like you need MS Office XP.

So the answer is you don't need to get both. Smile
 
ZeroKenshin
Posted: Jan 21, 2006 9:27 am Reply with quote
ネコに風船 ネコに風船
Joined: 21 May 2005 Posts: 579 Location: Singapore
i myself use NJstar's japanese writting software! its relly easy to use! =) you guys should try it too, just type NJstar in any search engine ! =)
 
eyn
Posted: Mar 29, 2006 3:22 pm Reply with quote
羽ありたまご 羽ありたまご
Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
I'm wondering if anyone know where I can find free decent Japanese fonts for my computer whenever I need to do some graphic using Japanese. The default one that comes with the East Asian Language support in Windows XP are too plain for design purposes.

If anyone knows, please reply with a link to the font site here! Smile I kinda guess most of these Japanese fonts are not free but maybe there're still a few nice and free one out there? Tongue
 
Alabama
Posted: Mar 30, 2006 6:01 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 07 Sep 2005 Posts: 21
hmm my problem is not that I can't write japanese letters (I don't really need that since my japanese is really poor) but my computer can't view the letters, for example in posts of anyone, it only shows question marks!! does anybody know how I can make them japanese letters??
 
Onyx Spears
Posted: Jul 24, 2006 3:35 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 13 May 2006 Posts: 89
yeah, this thread is really helpful.
Thanks for post, you guy.
 
freaky_witch09
Posted: Oct 24, 2006 8:40 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 20 Oct 2006 Posts: 33 Location: singapore
thx for the information...=)
 
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