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“華師大” I am using the simplified Chinese IME from Office 2010. This IME is mainly for simplified characters, but traditional Chinese characters also appear in its database. For an occasional use of traditional characters, you may have to scroll down several pages to choose a corresponding traditional character. For an occasional use of traditional ...


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I know it's late to the game. This does not answer the question, in fact, it circumvents it. I recommend sogou pinyin (搜狗拼音). There are both versions for Windows and Mac. By default it's set to the simplified Chinese, but you can switch to the traditional version very easily by pressing "shift+ctrl+f", f for 繁体(fan ti). And press them again to switch ...


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On the Pinyin language bar, click on Tool Menu > Options > Advanced Tab > Character Set to Traditional


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"I’ve never met a pinyin learner with tones even half as accurate as a decent GR user." My only guess is that Tim Ferris has not met many Mandarin learners, then. Ask any foreigner with a near native leevel, one of those you see on TV or whatever, which system they learnt: chances are the vast majority will have studied pinyin. Not to say that GR is bad. ...


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In general, I think too much importance is ascribed to which transcription system is used. Students' ability to distinguish, pronounce and remember tones depends on many factors and the way the tones are written are just a very small part of it. Even if there was a difference between systems, it would probably drown in other factors. The question of tonal ...


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Chao was a genius and a very funny guy. But pinyin draws on his experience with GR and a lot of other efforts. Pinyin is a better system. And of course it is far more widely used. Tone marks seem weird to a lot of English speakers -- though of course they are standard in French too -- and used to be a big nuisance to type, on typewriters. But today they ...


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Or maybe look into Bopomofo (aka zhuyin) which is taught in taiwan (so you can find plenty of children's books, dictionaries and computer/smartphone input methods that use it) . it's designed specifically for mandarin pronunciation and lots of people on this forum have said that it helped them with their speaking.



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