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How can I install Shuangpin in Rime for Traditional Characters only?

I am on a Windows 10 PC. I have installed the Zhengma method on RIME and have been using it for the past few months. But I want to try practicing with Shuangpin (aka Double Pinyin) since its easier on ...
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I'm confused what does this “show predictive completions” do, Google wasn't helpful This ONLY APPLIES to CHINESE KEYBOARD, OK! READ the QUESTION before YOU REPLY. https://support.apple.com/de-lu/guide/...
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Which font has been used in this file that contains character components?

This question is related to the Wubi input method, but mostly related to computer fonts, so you don't need to know how to use Wubi to be able to answer. Table of Contents The context The problem ...
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How do Chinese people touch type quickly (English equivalent of ~80WPM)? Is it possible?

Defining fast here as ~80WPM in English. I use a Dvorak keyboard and that's about what I hit when I take the typing tests online that include the excessive punctuation that realistically doesn't show ...
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What is the procedure for typing cangjie here?

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 ...
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Pinyin-based input method with tones for Taiwanese Mandarin in Windows

I am looking for a Pinyin-based input method for traditional characters on Windows, that allows me to force selecting the tone for learning purposes. E.g. entering le4 se4 should give 垃圾. Does ...
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How do I change the ruby text language in Microsoft Word for Hanyu Pinyin?

I would like to use the Phonetic Guide in Microsoft Word to learn Chinese by adding Hanyu Pinyin to Simplified and Traditional Chinese text. However, when select a group of characters, the ruby text ...
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How do I choose what traditional character variants I want on Windows 10?

I write Chinese with traditional characters as they are used in Taiwan, using Microsoft Pinyin IME on Windows 10. This mostly works fine, but sometimes Windows seems dead set on giving me a variant of ...
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雙注 Double zhuyin?

Feel free to skip to "Questions" below Background: I'm a cangjie typist and only really use phonetic methods when looking up new words I don't know the shape of. But I'm interested in double ...
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Translating terms like function and toggle

Bolded terms I'm struggling to translate using dictionaries and online resources: My IME has a pronunciation lookup function.( CTRL+ALT+E ) I've tried to find the right translation, but I'm not sure....
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Why has zuò//láo // in between?

I am going through the word 坐牢 using the Pleco dictionary. Generally they will not keep // in between two characters. But I can see // for this. zuò//láo What does // mean? Can zuò and láo be used ...
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(In)complete list of Free Chinese Input Methods in current use

I have found this list of Chinese (and a few other) input methods below, from https://github.com/chinese-opendesktop/cin-tables , from which I am trying to make an updated list. I can see clearly many ...
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How do I type 了 with m17n tonepy in ubuntu?

I understand this character to be "le1." Here are what I get for the options of le+tone: le1: le2: (nothing) le3: (nothing) le4: I do not see what I am looking for and expected this common ...
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Dictating Chinese text on Windows

Is there any program for Microsoft Windows for dictating Chinese text, that is more accurate than the built-in Microsoft Speech Recognition? I am aware that there exist some online solution, such as ...
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Character substitution in Microsoft Pinyin IME for typing 「」(直引号)

recently my Windows 10 was updated and with came some changes with the input methods that I was using, namely Google Chinese Piyin 谷歌拼音. The problem is that I cannot access it now for no clear reason. ...
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五笔字型 practicing Apps?

I've recently gotten into the 五笔86 input method and I am wondering if there are any apps on the computer I can use to practice typing so I can get quick with it. I have a Mac and I've looked for a few ...
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What is the fastest method to type Chinese using a computer?

I know that there are numerous Chinese input methods such as Pinyin, Bopomofo, 區位碼, Wubi method, Cangjie (Tsang-chieh) input method and many other methods. But once mastered, on average which input ...
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How to type the Chinese ellipsis ⋯⋯ using Google Pinyin IME?

I've learned that "。。。" is incorrect in Chinese punctuation (see e.g. Chinese ellipsis marks), it should be "⋯⋯", called 省略号. I've just been copy/pasting this into my documents so far, but there's ...
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On Linux, how do I output Chinese Characters (not pinyin) using tones in the input

I would like to be able to input tone alongside the pronunciation in order to input Chinese characters on Linux (e.g. ta1 = 他, ta2 = 蹹, ta3 = 塔, ta4 = 踏). Most modern IMEs do not allow this input ...
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Why cangjie code of 誤 is YRRVK?

Why cangjie code of 誤 is YRRVK in the dictionary instead of YRRMK? Although both worked on my ime. Thank you.
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Why is my Microsoft Pinyin IME suddenly making traditional characters instead of simplified?

I tried to type 什么, but I got 什麽! It was working just a minute ago. What happened?
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What input method is easier to learn for a someone who can speak Chinese?

I volunteer at a seniors' home in Canada, and am helping one (childfree, single) senior to buy a laptop. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, but no English. She needs a Chinese version of Windows, but ...
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How to type zero initial in the common Shuangpin Pinyin keyboard layouts?

Over the past few days I've gotten used to the Shuangpin layout. 自然码 to be specific, and I found it to be pretty good. But now I've come across a situation, where I don't know how to type it. And ...
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Written electronic communication speed in Simplified Chinese vs English

I am wondering about communication and typing speed in common scenarios. How fast can one communicate using Simplified Chinese on a phone or a computer? How does it relate to speed of communication ...
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Sogou IME (on Ubuntu): How to output pinyin with tone marks?

I have Sogou Pinyin on Ubuntu and things work fine, but I haven't been able to figure out how to type Pinyin with tone marks, e.g. 'mǎ', etc. I've looked into the settings but found no option like ...
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Why can't I write the character 台 in my pinyin input method?

I'm on Linux and using Sunpinyin and Linpinyin input methods. In both, when I input "tai" I never get any suggestion of the character that I somethimes want: 台. I must be doing something wrong, but ...
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Why is the Cangjie code for 海 inconsistent?

Here are some Cangjie codes: 母 = WYI 每 = OWYI 海 = EOWY I understand the first two. The YI encodes 亠 and 丶 which makes sense. Shouldn't 海 be EOWI instead of EOWY? OWI would be the first, second, ...
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Why is the HanYu Pinyin entry method for 亅 "jue3" instead of "jue2"?

Why does the Windows 10 HanYu Pinyin entry method for the 亅 (hook radical) character require typing "jue3" (juĕ) instead of "jue2" (jué)? The pronunciations at Wiktionary, Yabla, and 漢典 are "jué", so ...
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Character-component "spelling" software

I was just reading about China's problem with rare given names and the absence of them in computer databases? For example, there was an individual with the given name pronounced "cheng" composed of 马 ...
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How do I get the enumeration comma (、) in Google input tools?

I'm using the 漢語拼音 input metod in Google input tools. How do I get the enumeration comma (、)?
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How to enter pinyin itself under Windows?

Is it possible to enter text as if normal Chinese text is entering i.e. with guessing of correct characters, but later entering Pinyin of entered text, not characters themselves? zhèzhīgǒu
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How to enter 女人 with QQ pinyin?

I have installed QQ pinyin from here http://qq.pinyin.cn/ and now I am trying to enter 女人. I am switching to CN then starting to type: "nur..." but then I press "...e..." and input changes to and ...
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Impact of order of bilingual dictionary entries, dictionary searching, and input method on Chinese learning

I have a theory, that learners of Chinese, who user a bilingual dictionary with all the characters, and the pronunciations on the right, with equal pronunciations being consecutive, listed in order of ...
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How do Chinese themselves enter characters into computer?

Looks like Microsoft input method is either imperfect or I don't know exactly, how to use it. Many characters are just not appear in the hint panel, for example to enter 苹 or to enter 汁. Is there ...
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How to use RSUNICODE codes?

I would like to know, on an Android smartphone or PC, how do I use the RSUNICODE floating point number to enter a character, and why would I use a RSUNICODE number to enter text in this way? Is this ...
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Chinese IMEs - Wubi, Cangjie

There is no learn Chinese website so I figured I should ask here. Please let me know if this is not the right place to ask. I'm learning Chinese and I aim to be able to type fast. I am considering ...
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How do you enter a half comma (顿号, dùnhào) with Google Pinyin IME and a French keyboard

I have a laptop with a UK English version of Windows and a French keyboard (azerty ...). I have been using the Google Pinyin IME for some time now but I can't figure out how to enter a "half comma" (...
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How to write character components on a keyboard?

I run Fedora and was wondering if it's possible to write character components with keyboard? E.g. only the left part of "说"? If yes, how would one do that?
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Best Android keyboard for inserting pinyin, simplified, and traditional characters [closed]

I am making a word list of Chinese words: Column 1: simplified Chinese word Column 2: traditional Chinese word Column 3: word meaning Column 4: pinyin pronunciation So, I am looking for a keyboard ...
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How to type strokes?

In the same spirit as my other question about how to type certain radicals, I would like to know how to type strokes themselves. I would like to be able to type all the strokes listed on the ...
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Why is 那儿 just one syllable?

I was confused to find that nar4 is 那儿. I cannot figure out how to reproduce this with a pinyin IME. I type na and it gets the first character but when I type r it suggests 人 and refuses to let me ...
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Zhuyin IME setting to make tones optional

When I type Chinese via a Pinyin IME, I can write "nihao" to get "你好". Writing out "ni3hao3" is not required. But when I try to write "ㄋㄧㄏㄠ", the IME interprets this as "ㄏㄧㄠ". Basically I'm forced to ...
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How to use jyutping as an input method on windows 8.1

Is there a way to use Jyutping as the input method on Windows 8.1?
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Why does the MacOS Keyboard with Predictive Completion produce 心情舒暢? [closed]

I recently read a post here on CSE regarding the use of multiple input methods. I use MacOSX 10.9 so I began experimenting with an interesting aspect of the operating system called predictive ...
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How can I get a Cantonese keyboard on an iPhone?

Like Pinyin, but I need something that can recognize Cantonese instead of Mandarin. The only Chinese keyboards recognize Mandarin.
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How can I type 吗 in Pinyin keyboard setup?

My Mac has a "Pinyin - Traditional" keyboard mapping that shows the most frequently used Chinese characters for the sound typed (i.e. "m" or "a") so I can select the Chinese character I want. This ...
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Zhuyin IME and tone 0/5 syllables

I'm teaching myself bopomofo/zhuyin keyboard while I'm in Taiwan. My Chinese level is raw beginner too. I just came across the word for tofu: Hanzi: 豆腐 Pinyin: dòufu Zhuyin: ㄉㄡˋㄈㄨ· (or ㄉㄡˋㄈㄨ˙) We ...
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Which IMEs (input method editors) are actually most used in each of PRC, ROC, and Hong Kong?

Because there are many kinds of input method and many implementations of each kind of input method, it's not really practical to learn many. PRC, mainland China uses simplified Chinese characters, as ...
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Is it possible to type traditional characters with a pinyin IME in Windows 7?

I am now used to typing Chinese using a pinyin IME from my time in mainland China. But as far as I know the pinyin IMEs usually generate simplified characters. I'm now in Taiwan and having trouble ...
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How can I type bopomofo on Windows without converting to hanzi?

I've just finished my two months travelling in China and have arrived to spend one month in Taiwan. I now want to learn as much as I can about how Mandarin Chinese is used here. One thing different ...
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