Use one of the following to assist you in learning Chinese.
MS Global IME (Input Method Editor) enables you to view and input Chinese characters. You can input Chinese text into any Microsoft Office XP applications, web forms, and e-mail messages on any language version of Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 (SP6) or later. You need to install the Global IME for Office XP first, and then you just start your Office XP program, select the language from the Language bar, and you can type the language you choose, regardless of the language version of Office XP or Windows you are using.
This allows you to input Chinese characters not only by using pinyin but also by using strokes if you do not know how a character is pronounced. First, press “u” to enter the stroke mode. Then use “h” for heng, the horizontal stroke, “s” for shu, the vertical stroke, “p” for pie, the left falling stroke, “n” for na, right falling stroke, “z” for zhe, the turning stroke, and “d” for dian, the dot, to input a Chinese character according to its stroke order. Among these strokes, “n” and “d” are the interchangeable. For example, if you want to input 火, then you press “u” first, and then press “dppn” or “ nppn.” A character often appears before you finish keying in all the strokes. For examples, 煅 appears when you key in “udppdps” without the need to input all the strokes.
NJStar Chinese Word Processor
This is a versatile Chinese word processing program for Windows (Mac/Unix not supported). It has a "Popup Dictionary" function, which allows you to move the mouse pointer to a character/phrase to look up its English translation instantly. NJStar also converts a block of Chinese text to Pinyin with tone marks. There are many more features you will be happy to use to help you with your Chinese language learning.
If you have already installed Chinese font in your computer, you will then be able to browse the web sites in Chinese listed in each of the following categories.
3. TV Stations
If you want to learn Chinese or brush up your Chinese skills online, try the following web sites.
Chinese Writing and Pronunciation
Listening and Reading in Chinese
Online Chinese Dictionaries
Online Chinese Courses
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