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Intro

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?
Explanation
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.

Outro

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"See you next time!", 下次見! (haa6 ci3 gin3!)

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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What Cantonese learning question do you have?

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Wednesday at 01:06 PM
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Hi Emma,


Thank you for posting.

For Firefox, we don't know any good extension, but you can go to Google Translate, under the Chinese language, click on the symbol at the lower right corner of the textbox, and then choose "Cantonese."


We hope it helps.👍


Cheers,

Lena

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Emma
Sunday at 04:34 PM
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Are there any safe extensions for Firefox users to use for typing please?

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Saturday at 03:41 PM
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Hi Talia,


Lovely to hear that! You are now on the journey to writing Cantonese characters exactly like a native speaker! 😆


Arnold

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Saturday at 03:39 PM
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Hi John,


If you're using Microsoft Edge, the solution may be to install an input method to your windows. Here's RIME input method developed by Cantonese Tools:

https://www.cantonese.tools/windows.html


Let me know if it works! 😄


Arnold

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Talia
Thursday at 06:43 AM
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This was very helpful - thanks so much! 😄 The Google Input Tool is very easy to use.

John Edward De Leon
Friday at 11:40 AM
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But I use the Chromium Microsoft Edge tho.

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Tuesday at 10:43 AM
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Hi Carlos,


Thanks for your suggestion. Great! 😉


Ada

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Carlos
Saturday at 06:10 PM
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I found this website where you can type in Jyutping:

https://www.branah.com/cantonese

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Wednesday at 06:10 AM
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Hello John,


Thanks for posting! 😄

Me too! I type Chinese/Cantonese with Pinyin too. 😄


Ada

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John
Tuesday at 07:43 AM
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I type Chinese in Mandarin with Pinyin.