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Chinese input methods for computers

posted Dec 17, 2014, 10:45 PM by Edmund Xie   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 10:46 PM ]
Chinese input methods are methods that allow a computer user to input Chinese language characters with a standard ASCII keyboard. There are a number of Chinese input methods available. The Chinese input method that I use for inputting Chinese text on this website is Google Pinyin. I have used Google Pinyin for several years and I really like it. Google Pinyin is phonetically based, and it often can guess what I want to write even when I input the consonants only. For example, if I want to input the Chinese phrase 知识产权 which means "intellectual property", all I need to type is the four consonant letters "zscq". So that's pretty fast. Google Pinyin also allows me to easily switch between simplified Chinese characters (used mostly in mainland China) and traditional Chinese characters (used mostly in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan). 

Google Pinyin is free and can be downloaded from the Google Pinyin website.  From what I understand, Google has also developed a Japanese language input method.