https://www.duolingo.com/maddhin

Write Chinese characters instead of word bank in iOS app

Hi,

I'm mainly using the iOS app for learning but it seems that in the iOS app, there is no way to actually type the Chinese (like the English) answers. One can only choose from the sentence segments. If I study through the website, I can choose between writing the characters with a pinyin keyboard on Win/Mac or choose to use the sentence segments.

Does anybody know whether or when it is possible to type characters in the iOS app?

IMHO typing characters is much more challenging than just choosing the sentence segments...

August 19, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

There is no way to type Chinese in the iOS app, so far as I am aware. It would be nice if DL could make the app more like the website in this respect, particularly as mobile devices often offer handwriting input for Chinese, which I'm sure some users would appreciate.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Chan

I don't have an iPhone, but this might be worth a try. How do I enable Chinese writing on my iPhone? To enable Chinese Handwriting Input keyboard in Iphone, go to 'Setting', followed by 'General' and 'Keyboard', then add Chinese Handwriting. Click the 'Globe' to switch keyboard from English to Chinese and vice versa. The Chinese keyboard will suggest the characters as you writing the strokes.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EmiUkwa

Just enable chinese typing on your phone

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/EmiUkwa

I think... not with my phone rn and haven't messed with Chinese much on Duolingo so idek

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

On mobile device, typing Chinese characters is not available.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

It is if you do the website on your mobile device instead of the app. Then you can use the pinyin to Chinese character keyboard on iOS. That's what I did.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Congratulations on the 25 in Chinese by the way!

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/maddhin

I actually just see in the Spanish course that the input keyboard is changing between English and Spanish depending on what language one has to put it. That would be great for chinese as well - besides the option to type at all haha

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Martin952957

Hi, I am using the Iphone SE with iOS 12.01. Till the level 16 the wordbank was offered. From the level 17 the app insists on using the Chinese characters. I have the Chinese keybord - simplified Pchinying instaled. For using the Chinese keyboard is for me really complicated (you write in pinyin and the Chinese characters appear and you can chose from them), I would welcomed the opposite advice - how to use the wordbank instead the Chinese characters.... I don´t want to give up with the Chinese keyboard thou. Thanks in advance ;-)

October 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/maddhin

That would be great news - at least for me;) I'm just level 13 at the moment, so I'll push to 16 haha

I understand that it is somehow troublesome to use the Chinese keyboard but at least for me, the active typing and active choosing of the right characters is a very important step to actually learn Chinese. Using the wordbank I always feel a bit like "cheating".

Furthermore, using the keyboard actually enables you to really communicate/write in Chinese.

Technically, I do think Duolingo should give the option to either use wordbank or keyboard. The wordbank is certainly much faster and I assume the keyboard to be annoying for those repetitive lessons... haha

October 12, 2018
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