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Typing in non-Roman languages

To type in a “non-Roman” language like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi, or many more, you need to change your computer's input language. Here's how.

First, select your computer's operating system:

- Mac OS

- Windows 7

- Windows XP

Mac OS

Adding Input Methods

1. Go to System Preferences

2. Click on the Language & Text icon

3. Click on the Input Sources tab

4. Check the box that says "Show Input menu in menu bar" (you should see your country's flag in the menu bar)

5. Select your language of choice in the left menu

Keyboard Viewer

For many languages, like Arabic and Korean, you will want to use the on-screen keyboard.  You can find it by clicking on your country's flag in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar.

1. Click on your country's flag to select the language you wish to type in (or by keyboard, press option+command+space)

2. Click on the flag again and select "Show Keyboard Viewer"

3. For example, if you selected "2-Set Korean" you should see this keyboard and clicking on any of the buttons will insert its character in the focused textbox.

How to type Simplified Chinese using Pinyin 1. Click on your country's flag, and select Pinyin - Simplified

2. Now you can begin typing pinyin and hit the spacebar to see the corresponding characters. You can choose from one of the characters that popup by either typing the corresponding number, using the arrow keys, or clicking.

3. If you want to type pinyin with tone marks, make sure you have selected the "U.S. Extended" keyboard (go back through steps 1-5 to get this keyboard)

4.  Now you'll be able to use these keyboard shortcuts to type tone marks:

  • 1st tone: option A + vowel  
  • 2nd tone: option E + vowel  á, é, í, ó, ú, ü
  • 3rd tone: option V + vowel   
  • 4th tone: option  `+ vowel à, è, ì, ò, ù, ü

5. Alternately, if  you would like to type pinyin with tone marks using the word + tone number (ex: hao2 = háo) you can download the "Pinyinput for Mac" How to type Japanese using all three alphabets 1. Click on the flag, and select Hiragana

2. Once you begin typing, you can hit the space bar once to convert the hiragana into kanji. If you hit the space bar again, you will be given a scrolling list of kanji to choose from

3. To type katakana, just click on the flag and select "Katakana"

You can now make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of different languages!

Windows 7

Changing keyboard input language 1. Go to the Control Panel by clicking "Start"

2. Under Clock, Language, and Region, click "Change keyboards or other input methods"

3. Make sure you're on the Keyboards and Languages tab, and click the "Change keyboards" button

4. Click the "Add" button

5. Select your language from the drop down menu

6. Now click on the Language Bar tab, and select the following: "Floating on desktop", "Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar", "and Show text labels on the Language Bar"

6. The Language Bar will pop up on your desktop, and from there you will select one of the languages that you added in Step 5. *To move between language (input sources) press left alt + shift

On-screen keyboard For many languages, like Arabic and Korean,  you will want to use the on-screen keyboard.  Here are steps to help you find it:

1. Click "Start" and in the search box, type "ease of access".  Then click on  "Ease of Access Center" under "Programs"

2. Click "Start On-Screen Keyboard"

3. Now when you select a language from the Language Bar, the corresponding keyboard will show, when applicable. Here's an example of what the Arabic keyboard looks like:

How to type Simplified Chinese using Pinyin 1. Select "CH Chinese (Simplified, PRC)" from the Language Bar

2. Now you can begin typing pinyin and hit the spacebar to see the corresponding characters

3. Alternately, if  you would like to type pinyin with tone marks using the word + tone number (ex: hao2 = háo) you can download a pinyin input method editor called "Pinyinput" How to type Japanese using all three alphabets 1. Select Japanese from the Language Bar

2. Click "Input Mode" and select "Hiragana"

3. Now you can begin typing hiragana and hit the spacebar once to convert it to kanji, or hit it again to see the scrolling list of kanji

4.  To type katakana, all you have to do is click "Input Mode" and select "Katakana"

You can now make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of different languages!

Windows XP

Changing keyboard input language 1. Go to the Control Panel by clicking "Start" 2. Click "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options"

3. Click "Add other languages"

4. To get languages such as Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and more, check the following boxes: "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages including Thai" and "Install files for East Asian Languages"

5. You will be prompted to restart your computer for the new settings to take effect, click "Yes"

6. Once your computer is restarted, follow steps 1-3 again. Once you are on the "Languages" tab,  click "Details"

7. Now click "Add" to select input languages

8. Select a language from the drop down menu and click "OK" (you can also change the keyboard layout, if necessary). Repeat this process until you have added all of the languages that you'd like to use.

9. Now you should be back on the "Settings" tab. Click "Language Bar"

10. Make sure the following boxes are checked and then click "OK": "Show the Language bar on the desktop", "Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar", and "Show text labels on the Language bar"

11. The Language bar will pop up on your desktop, and from there you can select one of the languages that you added in Step 5 (move between input sources with left alt+shift)

On-screen keyboard For many languages, like Arabic and Korean, you will want to use the on-screen keyboard. Here are steps to help you find it:

1. On the Start menu, click "All Programs" -> "Accessories" -> "Accessibility" -> "On-Screen Keyboard"

2. Now when you select a language from the Language Bar, the corresponding keyboard will show, when applicable. Here’s an example of what the Arabic keyboard looks like:

How to type Simplified Chinese using Pinyin 1. Select "CH Chinese (PRC)" from the Language Bar

2. Now you can begin typing pinyin and hit the spacebar to convert text into the corresponding characters

3. Alternately, if you would like to type pinyin with tone marks using the word+tone number (ex: hao2 = háo) you can download a pinyin input method editor called "Pinyinput" How to type Japanese using all three alphabets 1. Select Japanese from the Language Bar

2. Click "Input Mode" and select "Hiragana"

3. Now you can begin typing hiragana and hit to spacebar once to convert it to kanji, or hit it again to see the scrolling list of kanji

4. To type katakana, all you have to do is click "Input Mode" and select "Katakana"

Now you should be able to make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of languages!

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