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Hi, everybody! Olivia here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I’ll answer some of your most common Cantonese questions.
The Question
The question for this lesson is: How can I type Cantonese?
Typing Chinese characters is not as immediate as typing the Latin alphabet, which is completely displayed on the keyboard. In this lesson, I'll try to give you all the necessary information for being able to type any words or sentences in Cantonese.
Let’s start with some good Cantonese input systems, ones that are easy to use for anyone, including non-native speakers.
The Google Input Tools extension for Chrome browser is a good and easy way to type Cantonese characters. Alternatively, the Voice Input function for Google documents (used on the Chrome browser) is also a very efficient tool for typing Cantonese characters.
People who live in Hong Kong usually use Cangjie input method, Simplified Cangjie (or Sucheng), Hanyu Pinyin, Jyutping romanization, Yale romanization, handwriting on touchpads (finger tracing), and voice input for writing Chinese characters.
The good news is, we don't need to add the tones when typing Cantonese. The input systems either provide the exact characters or provide a list of choices.


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