Transliteration Keyboards

A Transliteration Keyboard enables you to type the Musa letters (not shapes) for a particular language by spelling them out in transliteration. For example, to type a Musa , you press the M key. Some Musa letters need you to type two keys. For example, to type a Musa , you have to press both the N and G keys. If you press the N key, and the next key is not G, you'll get a Musa .

To use a transliteration keyboard, you have to be running the Musa Keyboards agent, which you can download from the Musa Keyboards page. The first time you choose "Transliteration Keyboards", you'll be asked which language you want to type, but it will remember your choice. You can always change it in Settings.

But if you'd like to try a transliteration keyboard for English, there's one here on the website: the English Transliterator.

When it's running, your normal keyboard keys now enter Musa shapes. You can switch back and forth to the Roman keyboard using the Scroll Lock key.

Most of the time, you won't need any help guessing the correct transliteration: just spell the sound as it's spelled in that language. But English vowels (and a few consonants) can be tricky, so here's a chart showing how we spell them in transliteration:

In the American English transliteration keyboard, we also try to guess the correct Musa letter for fortis consonants p t ch k and for reduced vowels. If we're wrong, you can always spell a tenuis consonant by doubling it, as in pepper.