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How do Chinese people type on a keyboard?


How do Chinese people type on a keyboard? Their alphabet has hundreds of characters.
Sean, Bishop’s Stortford


Name: Rhys, Elm Park
Answer: I bought a new Mac book recently and you can customise it. It asks you what language you want your keyboard in.

Name: Duncan, Rayne’s Park
Qualification: I’m Chinese and my Dad used to do translation work
Answer: Chinese characters are made up of composite parts. For example, a letter to do with water will all have three lines on either side to signify that. Each letter is made up of constituent parts. And it is these constituent parts that are on the keyboard. The computer then guesses the most likely character that you were trying to type – sort of like predictive texting.