2024-02-29 22:50:00

Certified Japanese Teachers - 9

Hi everyone,

How are you?

This is Masa :)

How's your studying going?

Today, I would like to share with you a couple of topics that we touched on during our monthly Top Teachers Meeting.

Are you having trouble with typing Japanese characters on your computer? When we Japanese write in Japanese on our laptop and desktop computer, we commonly use what we call ローマ字入力 (Roman Letter Input). We learn this in school.

We first select ひらがな in the language bar and then start typing.

For example, if we type, watashihakinouienikaerimasenndeshita, 昨日私は家に帰りませんでした。appears on our screen.

There are some ひらがな scattered around in a random order on our keyboard but we never use them. Since nobody seems to use かな入力 (Hiragana Input), we honestly do know why they are even there.

(When we write in Japanese on our smart phone and tablet, we use かな入力.)

We would also like you to check out the following website.

This is a popular website among Japanese elementary school children and their parents. We Japanese start learning ひらがな and 漢字 from the first grade (6 years old) in elementary school. We learn 1000 kanjis by the end of the first grade (13 years old) in junior high school. The following links take you to free downloadable kanji drills that cover them.

The site also teaches you how to type Japanese on computers :)

The photo is from Youko Kikuchi sensei and here is her introduction.

She is actively teaching both on Discord and at our classrooms in Shin-Yurigaoka and Shinjuku. She is skilled and well-experienced Japanese teacher who can teach a variety of types of lessons. She is very popular among adult and minor students. If you have chance, please try her lessons :)

That's it for today!