How to input Chinese in Windows without Chinese software.

Entering Chinese in English version of Microsoft Windows has never been easier in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Before Windows 2000 and Windows XP, you have do download and install a Windows language module IME. The benefit will be that you don't have to purchase separate software, and the associated software complication. Besides, Window's word processing tools, such as WordPad and Office Word, works better in the native Windows environment.

Although the required language module doesn't come pre-installed, a quick search for "enter Chinese in Windows" will results thousands of related articles. So the installation of the language module shouldn't be any problem. Here are two articles that can show you the step-by-step of the installation and usage of the program.

Once everything is setup properly, this is a great tool for learning Chinese. Because most people already know how to speak, just don't know how to write. For example, if you want to write the Chinese word "学校", and I don't know how, but know the pronunciation, you can enter the pinyin to look-up the word. Believe me, it is faster than you actually look up the Chinese dictionary.

Although Window's language module provides several pinyin input methods. QuanPin(全拼) is most desirable. This method requires that you enter every character of the pinyin, a bit slow. But you don't have to remember anything except the standard pinyin you already known. Besides, with the added features, such as phrases, learning, self defined phrases, you can input Chinese pretty fast.

To achieve high conversion accuracy from Pinyin to Hanzi (close to 100%), make sure you enter standard Pinyin, not monosyllabic Pinyin, observing the spacing between words. Example: "weather" must be entered as "tianqi" (not as "tian qi"), "we" must be entered as "women" (not as "wo men"), " China " must be entered as "Zhongguo" (not as "zhong guo"). Standard Pinyin spelling is quite logical and intuitive, and can also be checked in dictionaries such as the "Xiandai Hanyu Cidian". When using Bopomofo entry, apply the same spacing rules as in Pinyin for optimal conversion.

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