Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chinese Typing

The chart showing what each alphabet represents in Chinese (refer to the black squares). In each cell, it shows other Chinese symbols which look similar to the Chinese in the black squares.

Have you ever seen the Chinese computer keyboard before? If you had, you most probably saw some simple Chinese characters next to each alphabet on each key.

There are many different kinds of Chinese typing/input method based on the pronounciation of a character either in Mandarin or Cantonese and also by the structure of the character. But there is one very original input method still used by most of the people now due to its efficiency, i.e. Changjie method. This method was named after the person centuries ago who created most of the Chinese characters of nowdays.

How does it work? First of all, you must be fluent in written and spoken Chinese. The inputting method totally relies on one's knowledge of the structure of each Chinese character. It splits one character up to 5 parts which will be 5 keystrokes on the keyboard. Each alphabet represents each part of the character. It takes some time to learn even you are good at Chinese. Once you grab the theory behind it, it is just a piece of cake.

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