Tips for writing Japanese on Education Perfect

You can use keyboard-based inputs to type Japanese characters in the Student Zone.

There are four input modes in Japanese:

  • Mixed acts much like an ordinary Japanese keyboard. 
  • Hiragana converts the romaji you type directly into hiragana.
  • Katakana converts the romaji you type directly into katakana.
  • Romaji types in English characters.

The quick key to change script is Alt + Shift

In mixed mode, to type in Japanese, for the most part you can just type in romaji. The system will convert it to hiragana as you type. Press spacebar at the end to change to katakana or kanji if necessary.

Below are a few characters that may require extra input.

  • If you want to type ん at the end of a word or before a vowel, type nn
  • If you want to type づ the easiest way is to type du
  • If you want to type ぢ the easiest way is to type di
  • If you need to type a small character, most hiragana combinations will automatically input it correctly if you type in the romaji e.g. chu for ちゅ
  • If you need a less common small character such as the katakana ィ type L, then the character e.g. Li
  • If you want to write the katakana vowel lengthener ー type -

Punctuation marks are normally directly matched to the English equivalents. Here are some exceptions:

  • If you need ~ type ~
  • If you need ・ type /
  • If you need ¥ type \
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