MauveCloud's Browser Tests: Kana Generator
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created a list of romaji sequences so that it will do something with every
letter in the input string (usually by guessing at missing vowels), though the
results won't always make sense, and I have added a number of sequences that
may not be officially accepted in Japan.
This is partially inspired by the romaji converter that is built into
Jim Breen's WWWJDIC Japanese-English Dictionary Server, but that one
doesn't convert the romaji until the form is submitted.
Knowledge of Hiragana, Katakana, and Japanese pronunciation is recommended
before using this page. If you want to learn these online, one possible site
is Takasugi Shinji's
Teach Yourself Japanese.
Special sequences you may need:
- Support for apostrophes to distinguish certain kana sequences that
require small kana vowels. Some examples are "t'i", "t'u", "s'i", and "w'i".
For such sequences, any vowel can be used after the apostrophe, even if using
the associated small kana vowel doesn't make sense, such as "s'u". An
apostrophe after "n" forces the use of the syllabic "n" kana. Other apostrophes
will usually be left in the hiragana.
- Vowel guessing: if a consonant sound other than "n" is at the end of the
word or followed by another consonant, the default kana for that consonant will
be used (usually the one ending in "u"). However, "m" will be converted to the
"n" kana only before "b", "m", and "p".
- The letter "x" will act like "kusu" if not followed by something that can
be converted to small kana. I have also added "x'" to get "kis" + vowel sound.
For example, the katakana sequence for Texas can be obtained by entering
- The sequence "ck" is an alternate for "kk".
- The letter "l" can be used in place of "r", though "rl" is allowed for
double-consonants, but not "lr".
- The sequences "kw" and "qu" can be used for "ku" + small kana vowel.
Sequences "gw" and "ts" are also supported, and "k" can be used in front
of a "q" sequence.
- Japanese commas and periods can be
generated in the sequence by using their English equivalents in the "Romaji"
field. If English punctuation is required, such as a period for separating
the stem from the okurigana when searching a kanji dictionary, precede it
with a backslash.
- The space character normally generates a middle dot for separating the
given name from the family name in katakana forms of western names. A regular
space can be generated by preceding the space with a backslash.
- Japanese corner quotes can be generated using square brackets. Again,
preceding it with a backslash will allow entering normal brackets.
- Long vowels are automatically given the long vowel mark in the katakana
even if a hyphen was not used in the romaji. This version can also handle
traditional romaji with circumflexes or macron accents, though it will always
treat "ô" like "ou" for the hiragana, but like "o-" for katakana.
|Hiragana||Katakana||Romaji to enter
If you have any questions or suggestions (esp. additions or corrections), you
can e-mail me: mauvecloud at mauvecloud dot net (I won't make
this a mailto link, as that would merely encourage spam generators).