I'm trying to learn Chinese from books, online tutorials, but mostly from Rosetta Stone. I'm just starting, so there's still a lot I'm probably not understanding - so I don't know if I'm even asking this question right...
I would like to know how to take pinyin text with tone marks, and translate it into either English, or Chinese characters (which I could then Google-translate into English). I have found things like the Google Pinyin Input on Android, but you just type letters without tone marks, and it shows you a bunch of choices.
Since I don't know the Chinese characters at all, I don't know which to pick - and the input doesn't work if I type the tone mark myself.
For example, if I type
ma, I get the characters
吗 - one means "horse", and ones means something else - one of them is
mǎ and one is
ma, but I have to go through about 4 steps to figure out which is which, so if I'm trying to translate even a simple sentence, it takes forever.
Is there a good tool, app, website, etc., which would help me here? I'm really open to just about any solution on the web, or mobile, or on Windows.