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What is an online Japanese keyboard?

This virtual keyboard is for Japanese language students so that they can quickly type in hiragana and katakana when they don't have access to a Japanese IME (Input Method Editor). I have built it with beginners in mind, and have made it easy to use on both mobile and desktop. If you have any feedback or questions, please contact me.

What is Hiragana?

Hiragana is the syllabic script that you will become most familiar with when learning Japanese. It is written phonetically, making Japanese pronunciation actually quite easy. For example, the word for 'demon' is written as あくま and pronounced a-ku-ma. In children's books and in beginner Japanese language books you'll often see Kanji with Hiragana written above it - this is called Furigana, and is used as a way to help readers pronounce the somewhat crazy world of Kanji. If you are going to start studying Japanese, learning Hiragana is a must.

What is Katakana?

Katakana works in an almost identical way to Hiragana, except that it is used mostly for words that are imported into the Japanese vocabulary. For example, the word ケーキ is written in Katakana and pronounced kee-ki, and unsurprisingly, in English, means cake - yay, that makes things a little easier. When travelling around Japan you'll actually see Katakana everywhere because it's also used for emphasis - like capital letters in English. So when walking past a karaoke bar in Shibuya, the sign will almost always be written as カラオケ and not からおけ. If you are planning to go on holiday in Japan, learning Katakana will probably be more useful than Hiragana.

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