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Typing Chinese Characters

David744736
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I'm having great problems with my Chinese course. It is starting to ask me to type using Chinese characters - I have enabled chinese on my keyboard, but it only gives me a limited number of chinese characters to use when asked to answer in written chinese. The result is I either lose all my lives for that day, or I have to quit. Any advice on how to overcome this?

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
garpike
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If you're using Windows, then the Microsoft Chinese IMEs are pretty awful. I use Google Pinyin, which is far superior; Google appears no longer to be updating or supporting this programme on Windows, but it is still available for download here, and works perfectly with Windows 10.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fedes16
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I'm sorry if this is completely off, but just in case. Most pinyin based input methods only display a few characters at a time, but they have some way to cycle through them, by some key or a button. Maybe the characters you need are there, but you need to press pagedown a few times?

Also they usually work better when you type in a whole word or short phrase, and not just characters. Instead of writing hen, then gao, then xing, and select the characters one by one, if you type hengaoxing, the system is likely to select the right characters.

I confess I "dropped out" of Mandarin for now, and never made it to advanced lessons. With that in mind, I was typing a lot and never had a problem (besides my bad spelling ;). For a time on Windows 7 with Microsoft Pinyin IME (or whatever it's name is), and then on Linux with SunPinyin-Fcitx on KDE's Input Method.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/penny_666

For Japanese, you just need to press the spacebar again to get the rest of the characters. Not to sure about Chinese though.

1 week ago
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