I've been typing Mandarin with pinyin input for years and have never found it terribly difficult to learn. However, I am finding that when I need to use website and type Cantonese expressions, I find it burdensome to try to find the appropriate character in Mandarin pinyin, so I'm trying to learn the cangjie input instead.

I am currently looking at this website on how to learn and the diagrams and instructions are a bit confusing to me. For example, it looks like they are building characters from radicals here, but the construction seems odd:

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Here it seems they are using logographemes instead of the actual radicals. The bottom diagram is even more confusing because its not immediately clear to me what 卜 is doing to create 辶. What is the proper way of typing the characters if the keys themselves are radicals?

  • the cantonese speech recognition is excellent on iphone, or mac os machine. next is, handwriting recognition, also quite good, imo 😸 Commented Sep 17, 2022 at 1:47
  • I have no issues with handwriting characters, but I don't have that option for using my laptop, hence my interest.
    – user31212
    Commented Sep 17, 2022 at 1:48
  • using any input method for chinese is, . . . errrr, adding difficulty in the learning. if one can, avoid it; life is short, and knowledge is so immense 😹 Commented Sep 17, 2022 at 1:54
  • Well true but there is no avoiding it when typing on a keyboard haha
    – user31212
    Commented Sep 17, 2022 at 2:06
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    卜 is assigned to create 辶. You have to memorize each key's corresponding output such as typing 人&大 which output to 攵. (As you can see, typing 大 outputs 乂) And I'm not sure what you mean by typing the characters if the keys themselves are radicals. FYI I have been using Cangjie as my primary typing method and I speak Cantonese.
    – sonic12
    Commented Sep 17, 2022 at 14:17

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You may want to check out this site for ChangJie input method.

Here is a diagram of key->character fragment correspondence from the aforementioned site.

Once you have memorized the table, the next important thing is to know how to break up a character into Cangjie letters. The rule is from top to down, left to right. This is the page that explains the rules. Once you familiarize yourself with the rule on that page, follow the link at the bottom of the page for more rules.


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    An example will help. The OP is confused about how to utilize the table - type in the English letter to bring up the corresponding Chinese building characters and select.
    – r13
    Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 0:24
  • Yeah if you could edit your answer to provide some examples that would be great
    – user31212
    Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 1:14
  • @Shawn Hemelstrand I have edited the answer to provide few examples on how to construct a character using Cangjie letters. However, few examples can' cover all the rules of how to break up a character into Cangjie letters. You'd better read the links for a full explanation of the rules.
    – joehua
    Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 14:24
  • Thanks that is helpful
    – user31212
    Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 16:13

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