Do machine transliteration websites exist?



Are there web sites that transliterate Japanese text (katakana, hiragana and kanji) into romaji characters without translating the words into the English language?

(Note to moderators: I'm merely asking a yes/no question, not asking what someone's favorite transliterator is)

Andrew Grimm

Posted 2011-05-31T22:54:43.950

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Question was closed 2014-11-08T10:46:46.810

4What's the point of asking a yes/no question? – Matti Virkkunen – 2011-05-31T23:01:22.090

1If the answer is no, then I'll know not to try looking for one. – Andrew Grimm – 2011-05-31T23:02:11.107

2The correct spelling is "rōmaji", not "romanji". – Kef Schecter – 2011-06-10T13:30:02.600

I find nihongo amazing:

– n611x007 – 2013-06-27T08:36:35.687



You can try Google Translate's 'read phonetically' or 'listen' options.

If you need/want an offline tool as well mecab can do this, among other things. For example, if I enter これはミーカッブの変換機能テストです, it can produce:

これ    指示詞,名詞形態指示詞,*,*,これ,これ,*
は      助詞,副助詞,*,*,は,は,*
ミーカッブ      名詞,普通名詞,*,*,*,*,*
の      助詞,接続助詞,*,*,の,の,*
変換    名詞,サ変名詞,*,*,変換,へんかん,代表表記:変換
機能    名詞,サ変名詞,*,*,機能,きのう,代表表記:機能
の      助詞,接続助詞,*,*,の,の,*
テスト  名詞,サ変名詞,*,*,テスト,てすと,代表表記:テスト
です    判定詞,*,判定詞,デス列基本形,だ,です,*

With the right command-line flags it will produce raw hiragana. It can, however, be quite confused if it comes across words not in its dictionary.


Posted 2011-05-31T22:54:43.950

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I don't know of a website that does this, but I do know of software that does it. A Japanese guy in the early 2000s created something called "kana2rom". It had been long neglected.

My coworker rescued it, transformed it slightly, and it is now a Ruby open source project on GitHub. Buyer beware - programming required to get it up and running, but it was used to fully translate all of the hiragana in each EDICT entry to romaji for my company's Japanese study software.


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Here's one, though not perfect. Here's another.

Nate Glenn

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