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chinese keyboard ? Help !


Google is too much full of things... so sorry if I come to you with this very basic question. I guess I'll have a faster and better answer from you. So, thanks !

How I can write chinese characters by my computer , without boring "copy-paste" ?

There're some "keyboards on line", for example : https://www.lexilogos.com/clavier/zhongwen.htm

But maybe there are some more simple solutions ???

Thank you :) :) :)

September 27, 2018



謝謝 ! It took some times, but I could manage it !

我很高兴 because now I can also write in arabic, russian, cyrillic mongolian and even traditional mongolian ! ᠪᠡᠢᠷᠲᠠᠢ


What is the operating system that your computer is runnning on?


windows 7.

I could get a system by the computer self.

I can't really explain in english, but I'll try if someone needs : by the Set up, then languages, then Keyboards, then choose the language pressing the +), then choose again, then "ok". This way the keyboard should be accessible, changing the language there : on the right and bottom of the screen (in the bar), click on the two letters corresponding to a language, then choose. This is very easy to use, to change quick if you need to often change the language.

By this way, the system is : I write in pinyin and the system offer to me a choice of chinese characters. I felt this today as a magic thing : oh ! I can write in chinese, so great ! (I m a beginner, I love this moment of pure enthusiasm, helping me keep going further, deeper in the work)

i'll later try the system proposed by Simonac

Thanks a lot for your attention


On my phone I installed the keyboard from google (Gboard on the app store) that supports every language that you usually find on google translator. For your computer you can use the virtual keyboard (also by google) but you may need to download an extension of chrome (www.google.com/inputtools/chrome/)


Thanks ! I could find a pretty good system by my PC windows 7, just with a set up, (without any download from internet). Anyway, I'll try also your system.


You should use Pinyin. Pinyin is an easy way to write Chinese as it is based on phonetics. When you learn new word sounds in Duolingo, you normally have the English/Latin text so you can read it. You can type these words as Latin characters with Pinyin and whenever you press a key like Space or Full Stop/Period, the Latin characters turn into the Chinese glyph.

Websites/steps to help with enabling Pinyin: Windows 10: https://www.pinyinjoe.com/windows-10/windows-10-pinyin-setup.htm. To switch between Pinyin and English: Windows Key + Space.

macOS: In System Preferences, go to Language & Region, press + and choose Chinese, Simplified (mainly used in mainland China) or Chinese, Traditional (mainly used in Hong Kong). You can then go to Keyboard Preferences..., press + then select Chinese, Simplified or Chinese, Traditional. To switch between Pinyin and English: Caps Lock. To enable/disable text capitalisation like Caps Lock would normally do: Shift + Caps Lock.

iOS: https://support.apple.com/kb/ph22620?locale=en_US.

Android (using Gboard): Download https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin&hl=en_GB if you haven't already, then follow the steps at https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/nexus/js-LwbmK3iM;context-place=forum/nexus.

Linux (Ubuntu, may work in other distros): http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2016/07/2-best-chinese-pinyin-im-ubuntu-16-04/.


great ! thanks a lot !


1/ install chinese characters on your computer 2/ learn how to write with pinyin : write the word in pinyin and the system will give you a list of characters that correspond to what you typed. the first characters in the list are always the most common and/or the better suited for the sentence you're writing. give it a try and you'll how easy it is.

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