In Japanese, what is the difference between the two "o" kana (the お at the top of the list and the other "o" usually listed at the bottom rightmost entry of the hiragana our katakana chart. I can't seem to find a way to enter this (using Android Swype Japanese keyboard). Is there a standard way to enter this character at a keyboard?

I tried entering the custom sentence:

Anata wa nani o kaimashita ka.

using romaji to see if the characters would come out. However, it seems I have to type ha instead of wa, if I type wa then the は character is not suggested, and I cannot seem to find a way to enter the latter "o" character which is the way I want, using the romaji keyboard.

I general, how do Japanese romaji keyboards solve this issue, and how can I solve it?


あなたは なにお 買いました か。

Are these two "o" pronounced the same?

katakana diagram

  • Had this question when using the konnichiha keyboard in google translate as well!
    – ngood97
    Feb 24 at 16:17

を is actually inputted as "wo", and should technically be pronounced as such as well, but that kana is almost completely unused except for the particle for verbs. And for a complicated reason, the pronunciation for particles is slightly different that the way to write it and becomes "o".

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