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Hi こんにちは

Im new here an 'd like to know where I find a good Kanji "keyboard" (or similar);
Nowadays I use Lexilogos site, mainly for Hiragana and Katakana (excellent) but for Kanji its not very clear
I occasionally also use Jisho for Kanji, but again not very accurate even with the drawing option (it is good but doesnt alway find the one I need)

Is there any other that is practical and has a lot of Kanjis, and easy to find them?

Thanks in advance!
 

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You mean specifically sites where you can "draw" out a kanji whose reading you're unfamiliar with and get readings, compounds, etc., yes?

In that case, these sites work rather well:

There are also apps available for Android and iOS.
 
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How native Japanese usually write?? Or Chinese since they ONLY use Kanji

Ill check these sites btw
 

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How native Japanese usually write?? Or Chinese since they ONLY use Kanji
Are you not familiar with how the Japanese writing system works? Japanese kanji aren't just random ideographs, they're used to represent words that have readings (pronunciations). For example, the Japanese word for novel is 小説, pronounced as しょうせつ or "shousetsu". To type those kanji, they would type out "shousetsu" (on a PC, with that alphabetic spelling or with a keyboard that maps to the kana characters しょうせつ; on a smartphone, usually with a flick input), and from there a list of kanji would pop up and you'd choose 小説.

You can find more information here: Japanese input method - Wikipedia

I'll let someone else answer the question about Chinese, since I don't speak/read Chinese. Or maybe you can learn something from this wikipedia article: Chinese input methods for computers - Wikipedia

P.S. To clarify, the above sites are specifically used to look up unfamiliar kanji characters whose readings you may not know. They're not a standard way for Japanese speakers to input text.
 
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Are you not familiar with how the Japanese writing system works? Japanese kanji aren't just random ideographs, they're used to represent words that have readings (pronunciations). For example, the Japanese word for novel is 小説, pronounced as しょうせつ or "shousetsu". To type those kanji, they would type out "shousetsu" (on a PC, with that alphabetic spelling or with a keyboard that maps to the kana characters しょうせつ; on a smartphone, usually with a flick input), and from there a list of kanji would pop up and you'd choose 小説.

You can find more information here: Japanese input method - Wikipedia

I'll let someone else answer the question about Chinese, since I don't speak/read Chinese. Or maybe you can learn something from this wikipedia article: Chinese input methods for computers - Wikipedia

P.S. To clarify, the above sites are specifically used to look up unfamiliar kanji characters whose readings you may not know. They're not a standard way for Japanese speakers to input text.
Ooh this explains a lot

Yeah then when I dont know pronunciation Ill really have to use those sites (thanks btw)
 

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They type with our alphabet? But do they know this well how to use ours?

All Japanese people learn the Roman alphabet and how to use it to write Japanese words (there are a few different conventions for doing this). It's not the way most Japanese is written, but it's very common for keyboard input and is also used to stylize names of companies/shops/etc.
 

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For PC/laptop, using any OS, I've never met anyone, Japanese or not, who used anything other than a roman keyboard to 'type' kanji (even when a keyboard has kana on it). Even the Ex-Word style electronic dictionaries do this.

The recent exception would be input on a phone.
 

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There must be people who still type using the Japanese input method. They still sell Japanese keyboards.
But maybe for all the many people over 50 or 60 years old in Japan.

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I remember one of my Japanese co-workers at my former employer used the kana input system. He was slightly older than me, but not _that_ old (maybe mid-30s back then, mid-40s now). The kana input should theoretically be faster, but he was one of the slowest and most horrific typists I've ever seen. It would take him like 30 seconds to type one line on the freaking 議事録 that he had up on the screen.

A lot of learners seem to think that kana input is more "authentically Japanese", but like johnnyg says the vast majority of Japanese natives use romaji input for PCs and flick input for smartphones.
 
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Thx for the replies, they really helped

I think I may have mistaken, like once I saw somewhere that Japanese ppl dont speak or learn very well any other language besides Japanese, even English, but I think it doesnt mean they wouldnt know how to use ROMAN letters, now it makes sense

Thx a lot really
 
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