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Install Japanese - Max OSX

I can help you install Japanese Installing and Typing Japanese on Mac OS X
by JapaneseFromZero.com - Learn Japanese!
What will this tutorial do?
This tutorial will show you how to install Japanese typing and display ability for ALL programs running on Mac OS X.

Adding Japanese to your MAC
Step 1: International Options
Step 2: Adding Japanese in the Input Menu
Step 3: Changing to Japanese Input Mode
Step 4: Typing Japanese with English Letters
Step 5: Japanese Language Switching Shortcuts

back to topStep 1: International Options
In the System Preferences click on the "International" icon.
You can also find this option by searching for "international".

International Options

back to topStep 2: Adding Japanese in the Input Menu
There are 3 tabs on the top of the "International" window.  Click on the one labeled "Input Menu".
Then make sure "Kotoeri" and "Hiragana" options are checked.

NOTE: You do not need the other options to type Hiragana, Kanji and Katakana.
To keep things easy I recommend you ONLY check "Hiragana".

Even without checking the other options you will be able to use them. 
However, if you plan on using "Half-width Katakana" then you must have this option checked.

Japanese Input on Mac

back to top Step 3: Changing to Japanese Input Mode
One the top right near the system clock you will see a new American flag icon.
If you click this you can switch to Japanese input mode by selecting Hiragana..

1. American flag on top right of screen. 2. Click flag then select Hiragana. 3. American flag changes to Hiragana icon.
Language Setting Icon Changing to Japanese Typing Mode Japanese Language Icon

back to topStep 4: Typing Japanese with English Letters
Now you can type Japanese in any application. Once you are in the correct input mode let's create
a new document and practice a word.

Make sure you are in "Hiragana" mode and type "kanji".
You will notice right away that once you type "ka" Hiragana replaces it.

1. Begin typing the word "kanji". 2. Hiragana will display. 3. Full Hiragana word displayed.


back to topStep 4A: Converting Hiragana into Kanji
If you are okay with this "Hiragana" only word you can simply hit "enter" to accept.
Hit the space bar 1 time to display the most common Kanji for the underlined hiragana.

Every time you hit the space bar a different selection will display. Once you find the one you like hit "enter".

NOTE: You can also type the number next to the selection to choose it.

4. Hit the space bar once for most common kanji. 5. Hit space bar again for more choices. 6. Hover mouse over options to get descriptions (Japanese only)
Japanese word selection Japanese word explanations

back to topStep 4B: Typing full sentences in Japanese
You do not have to choose kanji word by word when typing Japanese.
The system is very smart when it comes to choosing the correct Kanji for your sentence.

Contrary to popular belief almost all Japanese people use this method to type Japanese.

1. Type a full sentence without hitting space. 2. Hit the space bar once for most common selections. 3. Hit the space bar to cycle through each word in the sentence.
Typing full Japanese sentences

back to topStep 5: Japanese Language Switching Shortcuts
A big pet peeve of mine is watching people change the language settings by manually clicking on them.
It's time consuming if you are switching back and forth a lot.

You can easily switch language options and even input methods with the following shortcuts.

1. Change input language
This is handy for switching back and forth between English and Japanese typing without manually
changing the language from the language icon.
option + ~

NOTE: If you have installed other input methods from Step 2 then this shortcut will cycle through each of them each time you enter it. This is why we recommend only added "Hiragana" so that you only have to use the shortcut once to cycle back and forth. The '~' key is on the left side of the 1 key.

2. Quick conversion
After typing a word, before you hit enter you can force it into different versions using the function keys.

option + x - Convert to full width katakana
option + a - Convert to half width katakana (only works if option is checked in Step 2)
option + s - Convert to half width romaji (standard English text)
option + c - Convert to full width romaji

NOTE: This can only be done while the text is still underlined.

3. Cycle through character types

Each time you use this shortcut on underlined text it will cycle through the various versions.
(Full width Romaji, Half width Romaji, Hiragana, Full width Katakana)
option + tab

After typing a word, before you hit enter you can force it into different versions using the function keys.