How to Get an iPhone to Write in Hiragana

Written by robert schrader
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As its keyboard is contained completely within its screen, Apple's iPhone is capable of accommodating multiple alphabets and character systems. Hiragana is part of the "kana" Japanese character writing systems, along with "kana." Activate the iPhone's 10-key Japanese keyboard to begin sending text messages, e-mails and other communications using not only hiragana characters, but also katakana as well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Tap the iPhone's "Settings" button. Tap "General," then scroll down to the "International" button, which is located near the button of the "General" page, and tap it.

  2. 2

    Tap the "Keyboard" button and tap "Add New Keyboard." Scroll down through the list of keyboards and tap "Japanese - 10-Key."

  3. 3

    Compose a new e-mail or text message. Tap the "Globe" icon that appears in the bottom, left corner of the keyboard to show the 10-key keyboard. Use the 10-key keyboard not only to type in hiragana, but also in katakana.

Tips and warnings

  • Activate the iPhone's "Japanese - Romanji" and "Chinese - Traditional" keyboards to ensure you can fully communicate in Japanese using your device. The Japanese write many words using traditional Chinese characters, known as "kanji" in Japanese. Those which use neither kanji nor kana use "romanji," a character alphabet used exclusively to phonetically spell out foreign words.

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