Use your PC to Master Japanese and Chinese
Alphabetic Text Entry
The most direct way to enter text is via alphabetic entry, as in an English
word processor. One keystroke generally corresponds to one character in an
The keyboard represents alphabetic characters in the target language in
accordance with accepted national standards. See the Chinese
Romanized Text Entry
A more complicated, yet widely popular way (even with native speakers) to enter
non-English text is by typing in a romanized language, such as
Smart Characters can save romanized text, or translate keystrokes directly into
the target alphabet as soon as they are typed and recognized. Romaji is almost
always translated to hiragana or katakana, while pinyin is used by many as a
pronunciation method of its own, without translation into Bopomofo.
Chinese Character Text Entry
Chinese characters can be entered by one of these methods:
Phonetic is the quickest method for non-native speakers. See
Character Entry by Phonetic Lookup(4-
Code Type in the Ctrl+R
followed by the
Some people can actually remember character code numbers and do this with great
speed. You would do this if you cannot find a desired character in the
dictionaries. See the examples in
Using Uninitiated Characters(8-
Using the Character in a Document (Chinese)(2C-
translates abbreviations that you assign to frequently used words, phrases, or
sentences, resulting in the fastest text entry. To enter the text, type the
Reference To enter a character by reference, think of a word that uses multiple
characters and uses the character you want and another character you know.
Enter the character you know, then select Translate
Lookup Word or Phrase(3-
display the word. Select then paste the word into your document, and delete the
Translation Select and enter Chinese characters, words, and phrases by
searching for their
(short translations). Type the ^D
type the English gloss, select Translate
Lookup Word or Phrase(3-
to display words that use that gloss, then select the desired word.
Radical & Stroke locates and identifies characters via their radicals and
strokes. Used for entering characters you have a written example of, but do not
radical and stroke(4-
Finding a Character in the Font(8-
Character Entry by Phonetic Lookup
The most common way to enter a Chinese character is to enter its alphabetic
(phonetic) spelling and then choose it from a phonetic dictionary list. You can
convert hiragana, bopomofo, and pinyin to Chinese characters at your
convenience: there is no need to interrupt your train of thought.
- Switch to a phonetic input mode (e.g., Pinyin, Bpmf, or
Hiragana) and start a new syllable or word by typing its pronunciation.
- Select a lookup method from the Translate menu Syllable,
Similar Syllable, or Word and Phrase commands. The
window displays the matching characters or words.
- Select one of the entries. Smart Characters inserts the selected
character(s) into the text, along with the accompanying pronunciation (e.g.,
pinyin or furigana) and
(translation), if any.
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