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Off-topic: Japanese ideograms in computer

Didn't know where to ask this and figured somebody here might now: wiith Roman characters you write/type using combinations of 28 or whatever characters; how do they get the zillion Japanese ideograms from a keyboard?
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Anonymous
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Very big keyboard?

Or like this.
Anonymous
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There are three Japanese alphabets, one referred to as Hiragana, which is comprised of 45 characters which represent phoentetic sounds, and can be used to write any Japanese word, there is another alphabet, called Katakana which is the same number of symbols, and they represent the same sounds, but are used for writing foreign words. the alphabet with many characters (approx. 26,000) is called Kanji, these are the ideagrams you're referring to. Japanese people write with a combination of all 3 character sets, but all words can be formed with hiragana alone, thus their keyboards are made fromt he Hiragana characters, and their wordpressors will prompt (simlar to autocomplete in word) with the appropriate Kanji character for each word typed; so you can use the Kanji character it prompts with, or just leave it in Hiragana... I doubt you really wanted an answer that long, but I hope it puts your mind at ease

cheers,
Daniel

PS: I knew studying Japanese would come in handy someday.. good thing too, since I can't remember a single word.
Daniel wrote:
There are three Japanese alphabets

Heh that was a neat explanation. Thanks.
Laszlo Nagy
Community Admin
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Daniel wrote:
There are three Japanese alphabets, one referred to as Hiragana, which is comprised of 45 characters which represent phoentetic sounds, and can be used to write any Japanese word, there is another alphabet, called Katakana which is the same number of symbols, and they represent the same sounds, but are used for writing foreign words. the alphabet with many characters (approx. 26,000) is called Kanji, these are the ideagrams you're referring to. Japanese people write with a combination of all 3 character sets, but all words can be formed with hiragana alone, thus their keyboards are made fromt he Hiragana characters, and their wordpressors will prompt (simlar to autocomplete in word) with the appropriate Kanji character for each word typed; so you can use the Kanji character it prompts with, or just leave it in Hiragana... I doubt you really wanted an answer that long, but I hope it puts your mind at ease

cheers,
Daniel

PS: I knew studying Japanese would come in handy someday.. good thing too, since I can't remember a single word.
Here is one... possibly...

Arigato.

I think that is Japanese
Means something like Good Day?
But I am not sure.
I can only count from 1 to 10 in Japanese.
We had to do that when I was doing Kyokushinkai karate 20 years ago.
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Anonymous
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hehe it means thank you... remember the song? domou arigatou mr. roboto.

I really would like to go spend some time in Japan so I can pick the language back up.

sushi wo taberu koto ga suki desu, ne?
TomWaltz
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Daniel wrote:
hehe it means thank you... remember the song? domou arigatou mr. roboto.
I didn't think you were old enough to remember that song!
Tom Waltz
Laszlo Nagy
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Daniel wrote:
hehe it means thank you... remember the song? domou arigatou mr. roboto.
So the only Japanese word I know, I don't actually know the meaning of .
Should have kept my mouth shut.

The song, I don't know.
Or, I would if I heard it, but I do not from its lyrics.
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Anonymous
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what.. can't you remember the music from when you were 1?
TomWaltz
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laszlonagy wrote:
Daniel wrote:
hehe it means thank you... remember the song? domou arigatou mr. roboto.
So the only Japanese word I know, I don't actually know the meaning of .
Should have kept my mouth shut.

The song, I don't know.
Or, I would if I heard it, but I do not from its lyrics.
It's a Styx song. It's probably on iTunes.
Tom Waltz
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