- Mandarin Pinyin
- English Definition
- Traditional variant
2 It has a tool that enables me to type Chinese characters using Hanyu Pinyin as the input. Unlike what can be done with windows currently, this tool not only allows me to see a list of characters with the same pinyin but also the individual meanings as well.
This is really cool for me because I can now 'write' Chinese because I can choose the character that has the meaning that I want instead of being confronted with a string of characters that make no sense to me.
Writing Chinese for me is a breeze here. I had to fumble a little to get the method right. I finally realised that there are three basic steps ivolved:
- Key in the pinyin character eg. bao and a list of characters will show up in a window simultaneously.
- Choose the character you want by typing the number associated with the character.
- Press spacebar and the Chinese character will appear as if by magic.
Here's another typing tool from a site called Purple culture.
Another great site I found is the Chinese Character Dictionary. It is not really complete as some characters listed do not have any entries. What I like about it is that the characters are clear and well defined - important for me as I want to make sure that I get the strokes right.