The Chinese character input software is too slow for the timed exercises
I am a native English speaker, so this post may not be relevant to all users of the Chinese to English program. Nevertheless, in case anyone else is annoyed by not being able to complete the timed exercises because of how slow and awkward Sougou can be, I was wondering if more time could be added to the timed exercises. More often than not I fail to complete the timed exercises not because I get something wrong or don't know the answer, but because the Chinese character input software is too slow. 英语是我的母语，所以接下来的贴有可能不是对每个人很应用的，不过我还是觉得应该提议一点东西。我用的中文输入软件就是搜狗、听说它是市场中的一流的软件，不过在多领国里我还是经常遇到难点因为搜狗有点慢、特别在做定时练习的时候。我经常知道练习的答案，不过没有时间输入，然后就发现时间已经没有了，失败了。多领国能够在定时练习给用户加一点时间吗？别人有这个问题吗？
I am using Sogou Input as well. There isn't a problem for me. I think Sogou is only slow when booting, but it's not slow when operating. If you have set it as booting while starting up, there shouldn't be a problem. The time given in timed practice is more than enough for me, but maybe it's due to my familiarity with the course. Try to practice more. Your Chinese is already impressive. :)
You are using OS X? Trust me, the default Chinese input in OS X is MUCH MORE HANDY AND FAST than any other third-party software, especially those softwares made by Chinese companies, like Sougou. So is the default input in iOS. You can add a Chinese keyboard in System Preferences - Keyboard - Input Sources. Choose “Chinese, Simplified” and then choose “Pinyin - Simplified”, you know, if you're familiar with Simplified Chinese and Pinyin.
I'm begging you not to use Sougou or Baidu or whatever any more....they're really really bad bad, and the default input system in OS X and iOS is really, really, really useful....
Thanks for your suggestion and I believe your words are very useful for non-native Chinese speakers. Their vocabulary are not that large. For me... I'm a Chinese so the vocabulary of default input in OS X is limited for me and not up to date. Sogou input and Baidu input are designed for native Chinese so they must be slower because they have to index much more words. : )
Well, I'm a Chinese, too, and I've been using Macintosh and OS X for years ..... well, not exactly “for years”, but I do have been using Mac since Mountain Lion, and it's Yosemite beta now. I have to admit that I've never used a third-party input system on my Mac, and my opinions about Sougou and Baidu and so are just personal bias—perhaps stereotypes, if you will. Nonetheless, I'm very satisfied with the user experience of the default keyboard, and I've never really felt particularly hard to type fancy, elegant words or trending topics with it. To me personally, it's lexicon is diverse enough, even seldom I need to type maybe a person's name or such selected words, I only need to carefully choose character-by-characterly once and it'll remember it for my next use. Plus, perhaps it's just me, but I can sense that it's lexicon is automatically updating in the background to give newfangled trending words. Au contraire, just based on my experience from the early days with Windows and Sougou, most of it's fancy words are rarely used, and there're simply too many new words just popular for a short period that I don't even know. Well, perhaps it's just me that's not closely up to date with the Internet. Anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that, the built-in Chinese keyboard is the most useful for me.
Just personal opinions, hope it's not troublesome :)
Well, since we're both Chinese here, why the heck are we talking in English?
Whoa, I'm not expecting a foreign friend would notice my post... Well, I'm glad it helps! And may I say that German is so damn freakishly hard....
Yep, I noticed and read with great interest your discussion about Chinese input (keyboards). Just this summer I finished HSK1 (and in one week I'm starting HSK2) so I'm interested in finding out how to write Chinese characters on a computer (I'm on Windows). True, German is pretty hard, but I've had great success here on DL in the past 1,5 years, success that I haven't had in school (~11 years of German).
Did you mean that the software's too laggy, or that the whole "typing pinyin out thingamajig" takes too much time? I'm on a mac so I'm using their built-in pinyin method and not the sogou input, but I can see what you mean. If you're on mobile and using a phone with a touchscreen, you could consider using another method where you write the full character out with your fingertip.
help, my duolingo has completely changed into chinese overnight. i have no idea where to change it back into english?
Heh, you're not the first person it's happened to.
Try going to https://www.duolingo.com/settings/direction and changing the option from the drop-down menu.
Alternatively, hover over your username in the Duo bar at the top of the page - click the third option down to go to settings. Then, click the second button down on the column which now appears on the right to get to the language selection page.
I don't know, I suggest using the Chinese keyboard, but it will be a little troublesome as you must remember the hanyupinyin for every character. I am a English and Chinese native speaker, so it works for me. The keyboard layout is the same, the position of the symbols are the same as well. Timed practice is relevant to time, I guess you need to get used to your software before you can do it quickly, then try the timed practice.