I have been typing in Japanese for a while now but I cannot figure out how to type ティ (small ィ, not a big one イ).

How does one do this using the Katakana input method of OSX?

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    ティ is "ti", not "tei"
    – phuclv
    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:12

3 Answers 3


Just type texi in Katakana mode. Generally, prefixing x will generate the small variant character (useful if you need to generate ゅ, ょ or っ in isolation).

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    li (L and I) do the same thing too. Prefixing any character with l also makes it small
    – phuclv
    Sep 20, 2013 at 7:58
  • This answer also applies to Windows 10, thanks (:
    – DannyL
    Sep 16, 2021 at 19:57

The x prefix does generate the small variant, but what you probably want is thi.

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    +1 for the shortcut, but more generally, can you point to a resource somewhere that summarizes all shortcuts in the manner of thi instead of texi or teli ? Thanks.
    – Cbhihe
    Jan 27, 2016 at 10:22
  • On Linux, I found the complete list by clicking on the status icon that says , then Mozc Tool / Configuration Tool / Romaji Table / Customize. This opens a table with the full list of shortcuts. Maybe it's in a similar place in OS X and other systems.
    – Tobia
    Feb 5, 2018 at 21:17

Building off of Justin's answer, there's a few other special katakana input strings that I found online. I added the "hiragana" versions as well based on the keyboard I'm using (Swype), but obviously not all of the input strings produce hiragana versions. Also, this is definitely not an exhaustive list.

wi = ウィ/うぃ

we = ウェ/うぃ

va = ヴァ/ヴぁ

vi = ヴィ/ヴぃ

vu = ヴ

ve = ヴェ/ヴぇ

vo = ヴォ/ヴぉ

she = シェ/しぇ

je = ジェ/じぇ

fa = ファ/ふぁ

fi = フィ/ふぃ

fe = フェ/ふぇ

fo = フォ/ふぉ

che = チェ/ちぇ

  • Unfortunately ti produces ち, not ティ. I would say that chi producing ち is enough.
    – Petruza
    May 14, 2018 at 22:56
  • there's other romanizations where ti = chi. anyway, you can always produce little letters by typing x before the letter. May 14, 2018 at 23:05
  • Agree, but it would be more natural to have ti = ティ, since it's the official romanization, and why have two different ways of inputting ち anyway? If an option so counter-intuitive like using X hadn't been used, I guess less people would need to come and ask in places like this. The best UI is the one that works as most users expect it to.
    – Petruza
    May 21, 2018 at 22:18

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