There are thousands of characters and the only way to learn their meaning and pronunciation is by rote. Fortunately, there are phonetic systems that aid in the study of Chinese characters. The phonetics are used in textbooks and dictionaries so that students can begin associating sounds and meanings with specific characters. Pinyin The most common phonetic system is Pinyin. It is used to teach Mainland Chinese school children, and it is also widely used by foreigners learning Mandarin as a second language.
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Two alternatives for Traditional character Pinyin input There are two choices for Hanyu Pinyin input of Traditional characters in Windows Your choice should be based not only on your preference for or annoyance with one or the other, but also with attention to what encoding standard is being used by the people you communicate or exchange documents with most. It offers modern Traditional characters including the Hong Kong set, and supports the Taiwan Big5 or International Unicode encoding standards.
It offers the ability to enter Pinyin with or without tone numbers and phrase association, and includes tools like the IME Pad for lookup by radical and stroke count. Originally developed for Traditional characters only, it also offers a Simplified character option. This IME is the standard Pinyin input method in the mainland China and Singapore language options described on the previous page. It offers a Sogou-style typing experience that automatically inserts apostrophes between each sound.
It offers very good phrase association but few other ways to narrow down your candidate list, and in the initial Windows 10 release is missing the IME Pad and other tools last seen in Windows 7. Changing the MS Bopomofo keyboard to Hanyu Pinyin: Assuming your language options are already set up to this point - as described on the previous page - go to the taskbar, open your language menu, and click "Language preferences" at the bottom.
If you are using the old-style desktop language bar, right-clicking on the language button there will take you to the old-style control panel, where you can make these same changes. That is, unless you plan to use the Touch Keyboard for Zhuyin Fuhao input. Note this is not the on-screen keyboard available under the Ease of Access settings.
Many people accidentally find themselves in that keyboard first. To enable the full keyboard, press the language key at the lower right, circled here: Select the option circled here for the full virtual keyboard with Latin and Zhuyin keys.
You may find this or another button greyed out, because Windows 10 tries to give you only options the developers think are best for your PC. I have no hack to get around this, but you may find one out there on the web. In the above example, I am using a laptop without a touch screen. It will not let me use the "split keys" keyboard, because that is only for devices with a touch screen. Again, I have no hack to get around this "convenient" feature, but it may be worth searching for one.
Using the old-style desktop language bar? I refuse to even type the camel case they use there There are limitations to using this mode, some permanent and some that may be improved in future updates: The Traditional characters available in MSPY since Windows 8. When in Traditional character mode, the candidate list will not sort automatically based on frequency of usage. We can only hope these missing features will reappear in a free update Having said that, many people do use the MSPY IME to type Traditional characters, and if you are good at working in cizu and phrases it will be very fast.
Open the Language menu, and at the bottom select "Language preferences", as circled in the image here. You can click here to to jump to the instructions for the desktop language bar to avoid scrolling through the instructions for the new settings panels. This will open the Time and Language settings panel. Hopefully this switch will become available for Simplified after a future update, but Traditional is not likely to change.
But you may have some other use for it, especially in other languages. On the the menu that pops up, select "Settings This will open the classic control panel.
But in all my initial installations of Windows 10, this link was missing!
Bopomofo: Using Zhuyin Input on a Taiwanese Keyboard
The Definition of the Bopomofo Chinese Phonetic System
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