The modern Japanese writing system uses a combination of logographic kanji , which are adopted Chinese characters , and syllabic kana. Kana itself consists of a pair of syllabaries : hiragana , used primarily for native or naturalised Japanese words and grammatical elements, and katakana , used primarily for foreign words and names, loanwords , onomatopoeia , scientific names, and sometimes for emphasis. Almost all written Japanese sentences contain a mixture of kanji and kana. Because of this mixture of scripts, in addition to a large inventory of kanji characters, the Japanese writing system is often considered to be one of the most complicated in use anywhere in the world. Several thousand kanji characters are in regular use. Each has an intrinsic meaning or range of meanings , and most have more than one pronunciation, the choice of which depends on context.
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Once you've installed your very own Japanese keyboard , it's time start typing. Mash those keys and you're greeted with romaji quickly morphing into kana quickly morphing into kanji. Plus there's a dropdown box. And if you hit the spacebar, things start getting really crazy. Hit the brakes.
Japanese people use a Japanese keyboard to type. Japanese keyboard has an alphabet letter and a Hiragana letter on the key top. Both methods uses IME which is a software to type Japanese characters.
Japanese input methods are used to input Japanese characters on a computer. There are two main methods of inputting Japanese on computers. Some systems may also work via a graphical user interface , or GUI, where the characters are chosen by clicking on buttons or image maps. Japanese keyboards as shown on the second image have both hiragana and Roman letters indicated.