I'm trying to learn the Chinese language using ChineseSkill for Android. There are some sections / steps within the lesson that ask me to translate the English sentence to Chinese, but I don't have a Chinese keyboard. When I input something so I can pass the step, it shows the expected answer and there it has shown how I should have typed the sentence in. For example is typed in with nv3. There is a Pinyin chart within the program but I couldn't figure out how to encode the symbol. I don't want to use websites or online tools because I don't want to leave the program as it also gives score based on time and it keeps running. Is there some sort of table or chart for this?

  • You need an IME, input method editor. There are plenty of them available for most system, including android. Check your language settings on your phone/tablet, or google to find and install one. E.g. here is one (not necessarily the best, just to give you an impression, what an IME is): play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – imrek
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 10:33
  • @DrunkenMaster I've installed Google Pinyin but there It does not convert nv3 to it understand nv and converts it to but then adds 3 next to or 女3.
    – max
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 10:36
  • Of course, pinyin IME is fuzzy, it doesn't require you to remember the tone, just type, like 'meinv' for 美女 or try 'mn', or 'mnv'. In many cases, multisyllable words can be entered with their initials only, e.g. 中国 with 'zhg', etc. Experiment.
    – imrek
    Commented May 22, 2015 at 10:43
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    @Barracuda I don't know any input methods that you insert the tone. You just have to deal with the fact that it just doesn't. You will have to type "nv" and then select the "nv" character you want. Commented May 22, 2015 at 14:53
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    FYI, if you want to insert tone, you can try zhuyin-fuhao (bopomofo). Every input method for zhuyin-fuhao requires you to insert tone. It is not the same system as pinyin though, but you can look up this table to get the one-to-one correspondence between pinyin and zhuyin-fuhao. This system allows you to convert from one to the other. Commented May 22, 2015 at 15:33

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try to use "Sougou pinyin for Windows(exe)",

for Linux use "Sougou pinyin for 32bit Linux(deb)"

or "Sougou pinyin for 64bit Linux(deb)"

or "Sougou pinyin for Mac OS(dmg)"

or "Sougou pinyin for Android (apk)"

  • Do you have installation instructions for Ubuntu/Debian? I have tried installing the .deb file previously and it didn't work.
    – imrek
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 8:19
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    @DrunkenMaster for Linux I would recommend the open source input method Rime. You can apt-get all the components. An instruction is here: github.com/rime/home/wiki/RimeWithIBus
    – Jamesits
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 12:40
  • @DrunkenMaster, pal, would you please show me your OS version, bcz, the .deb file is for Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04, I guess your OS version was old. If so.. try this pinyin.sogou.com/linux/help.php, this is an installiation manul in chinese, however they put images to explain, I think you can understand. Good luck
    – Kylxyz
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 4:57
  • @Kylxyz Definitely not, I always update to the latest Ubuntu version, when it becomes available. And this is the exact manual I have tried to follow, but ended up with nothing being installed. No IME at all.
    – imrek
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 5:02
  • @DrunkenMaster, No IME? may I take this as you cannot install any other input method, or only canot install Chinese? If only Chinese, maybe you should check about to add Chinese IME in ubuntu....
    – Kylxyz
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 5:10

Where are you? If you buy your phone in China, it will come with Chinese input! I use ibus IM on my laptop, it's good. There is probably a version for Android.

  • definitely not in China. I know that would make no sense otherwise but with todays technology one should not find it so difficult to write in any language they desire.
    – max
    Commented May 23, 2015 at 20:05
  • Search Google Pinyin on Play store. It's one of the best Pinyin IME.
    – hrzhu
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 8:29

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