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Japanese – Hepburn transliteration system

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Japanese virtual keyboard

The Japanese virtual keyboard allows you to enter characters with a click of your mouse. There’s no need to change your keyboard layout anymore. The transliteration of each supported character is displayed on the right side of the character. You can then directly transliterate your text from one script to the other according to the selected transliteration system.

Language overview

Japanese language (nihongo, 日本語) belongs to the isolate Japonic language family which also includes the Ryukyuan languages. Spoken in Japan, it has three complementary writing systems: the hiragana syllabary for cursive writing, the katakana syllabary for words of foreign origin other than Chinese, and the kanjis for the logograms of Chinese origin.

Transliteration system: Hepburn


The Hepburn romanization system is named after James Curtis Hepburn, who used it to transcribe the sounds of the Japanese language into the Latin alphabet in the third edition of his Japanese-English dictionary, published in 1887. The system was originally proposed by the Society for the Romanization of the Japanese Alphabet in 1885.

Other transliteration system for Japanese

The other currently supported transliteration system for Japanese is ISO 3602 (Kunrei-shiki).

Books

Minna no Nihongo I: translation and grammar notes Minna no Nihongo I: translation and grammar notes
editors 3A Corporation (2013)
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Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition Living Language Japanese, Complete Edition
editors Living Language (2012)
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Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System
by , editors Tuttle Publishing (2011)
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Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar: Comprehensive Acquisition Fundamentals of Japanese Grammar: Comprehensive Acquisition
by , editors University of Hawaii Press (2007)
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Japanese Grammar (2nd Ed.) Japanese Grammar (2nd Ed.)
by , editors Barron’s Educational Series (2001)
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¡Japonés Desde Cero! ¡Japonés Desde Cero!
by , editors YesJapan Corporation (2013)
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Vocabulario español-japonés - 7000 palabras más usadas Vocabulario español-japonés - 7000 palabras más usadas
by , editors T&P Books (2013)
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Nihongo. Kyokasho 1. Japonés para hispanohablantes. Nihongo. Kyokasho 1. Japonés para hispanohablantes.
by , editors Herder (2000)
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Other supported languages

The other supported languages are: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Armenian (eastern, classical), Armenian (western), Azerbaijani (Azeri), Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Carrier, Cherokee, Chuvash, Georgian, Greek, Ingush, Inuktitut, Kazakh, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Tamazight, Ukrainian, and Vai.

 
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