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mangomalte
Posted: Apr 10, 2007 6:52 pm Reply with quote
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well, it seems like you have the IME and all that installed since you can type in japanese. you can just change the input style to hiragana or katakana, and you can write the words just like you use to. my guess is that you have it on "direct input". right click on the taskbar icon and choose "display toolbar". then you can change input from there. hope it works.

this site helped me when i had problems:
http://www.declan-software.com/japanese_ime/

btw, welcome to ch-ai. Giggle be sure to introduce yourself in the newbie section. see you around.
 
Nathanael Law
Posted: Apr 10, 2007 7:18 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Apr 2007 Posts: 20 Location: Alberta, Canada
[Edit: mangomalte types faster than I do, really! Leaving this reply for reference, but feel free to delete it if you feel it's superfluous.]

Fusion-Defiance,

There are generally two standard ways to input Japanese on a computer, ローマ字入力 (roumaji input) and かな入力 (kana input). In general, for easy of use, I recommend sticking with roumaji input ー this seems to be the default on most IMEs anyhow ー especially with a laptop unless you have a JIS keyboard (sometimes laptop keyboards are missing keys that are normally mapped for kana input).

Unless you've specially configured your computer, I'm assuming that you have roumaji input setup. The key combination to kana mapping is usually fairly standard. There's a simple chart you can look at for the basic ones. There are a few other shortcuts sometime present, but that should do for now.

If for some reason you decide to use kana input, this diagram shows the typical mapping.

Good luck!
 
Fusion-Defiance
Posted: Apr 10, 2007 11:03 pm Reply with quote
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@mangomalte
wow that place is great ^^ i will check it out as soon as i can. say when i wake up in the morning. and thank you for welcoming me, thank you very much. and i introduced myself. later!
 
Fusion-Defiance
Posted: Apr 10, 2007 11:04 pm Reply with quote
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@Nathanael Law
ah thank you as well. i will be sure to add it to my favourites right now. then i can check those sites.. * or just do that right now quickly *
 
Nyanchi
Posted: May 08, 2007 12:00 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Apr 2007 Posts: 97 Location: The Netherlands
Thanks for explaining this!!
I had this on my previous computer to and I liked it a lot Boogie
And I want it on this one too..
I think I did everything well, but I have a little problem..hope someone can help me
You know, that little language icon, where you can change the language, well I can't find it Mad
I don't know how it's possible, because most of the computers have that icon!!
I had it too on my previous computer..but after I got my new one and installed Windows XP again, it was gone Crying
Please help me!! I want to type in Japanese again Tongue
 
OtsukAyumi
Posted: May 08, 2007 11:03 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 May 2007 Posts: 71 Location: Singapore
The only steps I know for Windows are
-Open the Start menu
-Hover over to All Programs
-Hover over Accessories
-Under System Tools, click Character Map
-On Character Map, choose the font 'MS Gothic'

.. that's all. I know this is for beginners but I learnt this a few months ago so I thought I'd share my steps with you. ^^;
 
Fusion-Defiance
Posted: May 09, 2007 6:26 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 09 Apr 2007 Posts: 14 Location: In the Middle of Nowhere
Nathanael Law wrote:
Fusion-Defiance,

There are generally two standard ways to input Japanese on a computer, ローマ字入力 (roumaji input) and かな入力 (kana input). In general, for easy of use, I recommend sticking with roumaji input ー this seems to be the default on most IMEs anyhow ー especially with a laptop unless you have a JIS keyboard (sometimes laptop keyboards are missing keys that are normally mapped for kana input).

Ok, I've got it now.
Before, I just used the drawing pad, that was too time consuming. >>
But I can now just type them out. ^^

And I just figured out what the blackened "A" is in the language bar. >> hah.

じゃね!
 
mangomalte
Posted: May 09, 2007 11:30 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
i have a question. how do you type ー? just found myself trying to write モーニング娘。, and i couldn't for my life get how to type that line! Mad asked my cousin in japan, but he didn't know either... No
 
Nyanchi
Posted: May 09, 2007 1:51 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 23 Apr 2007 Posts: 97 Location: The Netherlands
mangomalte wrote:
have a question. how do you type ー?

I'm not sure because my Japanese sucks, but don't you get that line when you type double letters in katakana? Confused
Like in Aisukuriimu = アイスクーム = ice cream
You see? By the rii part there's that line.
I'm really sorry if that isn't true!!
 
Fusion-Defiance
Posted: May 09, 2007 4:57 pm Reply with quote
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for the ー, i think it's the hyphen.
 
OtsukAyumi
Posted: May 09, 2007 9:53 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 May 2007 Posts: 71 Location: Singapore
As for the sign ー, I asked my grandfather and he said that this note not only means ri in certain Japanese words, but it is also used to note that the intonation of a word is extended in a longer tone.
 
mangomalte
Posted: May 10, 2007 7:04 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
Nyanchi wrote:
I'm not sure because my Japanese sucks, but don't you get that line when you type double letters in katakana? Confused
Like in Aisukuriimu = アイスクーム = ice cream
You see? By the rii part there's that line.
I'm really sorry if that isn't true!!

well, yeah. but if i try to write icecream it turns out アイスクリイム. Sad

Fusion-Defiance wrote:
for the ー, i think it's the hyphen.

- = ・ and _ = ?. he, i guess that doesn't make sense. Laughing if i press the hyphen i get a dot and if i press shift and the hyphen i get a questionmark.

EDIT: i got it! it's the +-button. ーーーーーーーー Laughing
 
Tatsuka Ito
Posted: May 10, 2007 7:28 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 28 Nov 2006 Posts: 918 Location: Surrey,Canada
Oh boy.


Is the カタカナ Way of writing out long vowels, to type it on the ime you hit hyphen, but the way hyphens arent used in japanese, only ―――― Is used to indicate long pause or a very long held vowel.
 
mangomalte
Posted: May 11, 2007 2:15 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
^ well i know how they're used and all that. i just wanted to know how to type it. and the reason that you type it with the hypher button and i don't apparently is because our keyboards doesn't look the same: american/swedish keyboard comparison. same button, to the right of '0', yours say '-', mine say '+'.
 
OtsukAyumi
Posted: May 11, 2007 7:52 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 06 May 2007 Posts: 71 Location: Singapore
@mangomalte: Perhaps you can find it in Character Map? I can easily find it there. Smile
 
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