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How do I write Chinese on a laptop?

Thomas Johansson  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 04:56
Member (2005)
English to Swedish
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Jul 6, 2009

Hello,

I am studying Chinese (putonghua, simplified characters) and am looking for some way to write documents in Chinese on my laptop (using simplified Chinese characters).

I have no idea how people do that. Is there some special software I need?

My keyboard is a normal Western type of keyboard using only the Latin alphabet (QWERTY type, Spanish version). My operating system is Windows Vista (2007, I think). I do have Microsoft Office, if relevant.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Thanks,

Thomas

[Edited at 2009-07-06 23:27 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-07-06 23:28 GMT]


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chica nueva
Local time: 21:56
Chinese to English
IME, what is peers' opinion ? Jul 7, 2009

Try this:
http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/Language/asianlanguageinstallation_XP.html

Um, yes. I think Denyce's way may be better. I used to use IME, but now I think you have to pay for it. With my 'new' computer, I use some other freeware ...

Lesley

[Edited at 2009-07-07 01:38 GMT]


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Denyce Seow  Identity Verified
Singapore
Local time: 17:56
Member (2004)
Chinese to English
Included in Vista Jul 7, 2009

Hi Thomas,

Since you're using Vista, you should already be able to do it. Check this out: http://www.pinyinjoe.com/vista/vista_new.htm

Good luck!!

Denyce


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Chrissy Lu  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 17:56
English to Chinese
advise you to use a very useful chinese input program Jul 7, 2009

it supports many chinese input methods such as Pingyin, Wubi and English (very useful for english speaking users). For example, when you want to input chinese character for "rain" and don't know how to say "rain" in chinese, you could just type rain, then the program will show the chinese character for "rain"

its official website: http://www.wnwb.com/

it is free.

if you can not find where to download (the website is written in Chinese), you could contact me. I will be glad to send it as an attached file to you.


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Ethan Tian  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 17:56
Chinese to English
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font Jul 7, 2009

input software is one thing, and the Chinese font is necessary, or there would be square when you type Chinese.

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Thomas Johansson  Identity Verified
Peru
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Thanks! Jul 7, 2009

Thank you all for these replies. I'll check out the things you mention and get back here if I need to.

Thomas


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