ウインドウズの日本語IMEの使い方 (How to use Windows Japanese IME input; how to toggle あ and A, included ) – 生徒は尋ねる

これは、“生徒は尋ねる”という記事シリーズです。(The Student’s Ask series)

As part of your self-enforced immersion routine you will want to type, web surf, etc. in Japanese. For that you will need Japanese typing input. And this post will teach you how to get it and how to use it.

I mention this particularly in my post about how to “burn your ‘English language retreat bridges'” , which gives some tips for “shadow writing,” journaling, and getting you writing checked by native speakers on the HiNative app.

This post is only about Windows. I plan to do similar posts about Linux and Apple (and for mobile Android; Apple) later.

The tutorial for using the IME is here – in Japanese 🙂

You want the part that says “日本語IMEの基本的な使い方”

The basics are:

Use “ctrl” + “windows key” to switch between languages

At the bottom of your Windows screen (taskbar)…

As you type in hiragana, it will give you kanji (as seen below).

TIP: One thing that really used to ANNOY me to no end was that the Japanese input would have a mind of its own and automatically switch from hiragana “あ” to “A.” Then I would have to move my mouse all the way down to the taskbar and switch it back…FRUSTRATION!!! (also, we have really become lazy)

Instead of doing that, the tutorial has a GREAT tip. You can use the keys “alt” and “~” together to make the Japanese input toggle (go back and forth between) hiragana “あ” and English “A.” (No mouse moving necessary! Yay!)

TIP: If you only want the hiragana instead, hit “enter” key after typing the hiragana and it will not automatically give you kanji.

Hitting the “space” key will give you more options for kanji or katakana.

Also, an advanced learner use tip…

TIP: If you want to practice handwriting Japanese, but are using your computer or windows tablet, you can choose the option for IME Pad. Right click the “あ” icon and select “IME Pad” then you can hand write with your mouse (PC) or finger (touchscreen).

Hope all of that helps! Happy immersion Japanese learning!!

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