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The best way to practice Cantonese is to use it often! Although there are many input methods for typing Cantonese, we highly recommend you use an input that is related with the romanization of a word, which helps you memorize words effectively. In this article, we are going to guide you setting up inputs for Cantonese on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chrome/Brave for both Jyutping and Yale.
Installing Cantonese input on Mac (Jyutping)
Openvanilla is a free open source third-party software made by a Taiwan team in 2004 that offers Cantonese input on Mac and it is still being constantly updated. The layout of this software is simple and blends well into the system. The only thing might stop you from getting it is their official website is only available in Chinese.
Step 1: Go to openvanill.org and click 由此處下載 to start the download.
Step 2: Click on the Openvanilla icon on the toolbar and select Cantonese.
If you want to type without inputting tone, you can also select toneless, but we do not recommend you to use that as repetitive action is what you need to build up your memory.
Now you are good to go!
Installing Cantonese input on Windows (Jyutping)
For Windows user, we recommend using CPIME, a famous Cantonese input on Windows for typing in Cantonese. This method is originally created by uccoffee and you may find it in his website and his youtube video.
Step 1: Download the Jyutping software from the following CPIME website.
You can choose between using Jyutping（粵拼）, 教院式 and Yale（耶魯）as the romanization system for CPIME and download according to your need. In this tutorial, we will use the Jyutping as an example.
Step 2: Extract the files:
Step 3: Open the file, then right-click “Install_CPIME.INF”, choose install(I) .
If you are using Window 10 (Updated in Oct 2018), you have to take a few more steps in order to complete the installation.
You may find that the installed Cantonese input method is greyed out and cannot be selected. This is because the licensed was originally developed only for the older versions of Window so it could only be used under the ‘desktop mode’. Users have to complete a few more steps in order to use CPIME. The following method is contributed by “uccoffee”. You can check out its website here.
Step 4: Open a new file named “Cantonese” in the PC Local Disk (C:)
Step 5: Open a new document file inside “Cantonese”, click the “View” button at the upper toolbar. Then click the “Show/Hide” button and untick the “file name extensions” function.
Step 6: Rename the doc as “setting.xml”. Click “Yes”.
Step 7: Copy the following code and paste it on the “setting.xml”. Save and close the file.
<gs:GlobalizationServices xmlns:gs="urn:longhornGlobalizationUnattend"> <gs:UserList> <gs:User UserID="Current" CopySettingsToDefaultUserAcct="true" CopySettingsToSystemAcct="true"/></gs:UserList> <gs:InputPreferences> <!--https://www.youtube.com/uccoffee--> <gs:InputLanguageID Action="add" ID="0C04:E03D0C04"/> </gs:InputPreferences> </gs:GlobalizationServices> <!--please watch some of my youtube video if you copy my xml, thanks-->
Step 8: Right-click window, choose “Run”, and then types “cmd” and Enter.
Step 9: Copy the command [ control.exe intl.cpl,,/f:”c:\cantonese\setting.xml” ] from the same website and paste. Then press Enter to run.
Finally, choose the input method Cantonese Phonetic IME language input method, and you would be able to type by Jyutpung anytime !
Installing Cantonese input on Chrome/Brave (Jyutping)
If somehow all of the above methods disappoint you, your last resort would be installing a Cantonese input on Chrome or Brave. You can only install Cantonese input to Chrome or Brave as an extension. In case you don’t know what is Brave, Brave is a browser developed by the team of Firefox based on the framework of Chrome, thus all the extensions for Chrome can be used on Brave as well. Brave is faster than Chrome and have their AdBlocker and cryptocurrency wallet installed for you by default, providing you a smooth and valuable browsing experience. You can download Brave here.
To set up a Google Chrome Cantonese input, you have to download an extension called Google Input Tools. After you have installed this extension, you have to do the following to set up the Cantonese input on Chrome:
Step 1: Click the option（擴充功能選項）:
Step 2: Choose Cantonese and click on it until an input method is available for you to select.
Step 3: Just click on the input method icon when you want to use it!
Installing Cantonese input on iOS (Jyutping)
For Cantonese input on iOS, you have to download Kaiboard 中英混合鍵盤 and set it up with the following steps:
Step 1: After you have downloaded Kaiboard, open the application and you will come to this page. Select “廣東話拼音”
Step 2: Leave everything as is on the next page and click “完成”
Step 3: Watch the video provided on the next page and finish the set up accordingly. You can now type Cantonese using Jyutping on iOS!
Installing Cantonese input on iOS (Yale)
If you are using Yale instead of Jyutping and you want to use a Google Cantonese input on iOS, you should install Gboard – the Google Keyboard. After installing it, you have to set it up with the following steps:
Step 1: Authorize Gboard by following its instruction. Click “Get Started”
Step 2: Select “Keyboard” and tick all options on the next page
Step 3: Return to the menu of Gboard and choose “Language”
Step 4: Click “Add language”
Step 5: Choose “Chinese(Hong Kong)”
P.S. can you see how deliberate does Apple add China there???
Then you are good to go! Enjoy using Yale to type Cantonese on iOS!
Installing Cantonese input on Android (Jyutping and Yale)
Google Cantonese Input is the best and the easiest Cantonese input you can get on Android in 2018. Nevertheless, Google has removed this input method from Play Store at the moment, thus you have to download its APK from 3rd party website. You can download the APK of Google Cantonese Input here.
The default Cantonese input uses Yale phonetic system. If you want to use Jyutping to type Cantonese, you have to do the following first:
Step 1: Open the application and select “Input”
Step 2: Scroll down until you find “Pinyin Standard”. Click on that option
Step 3: Select Jyutping.
Now you are good to go! When you open your keyboard for the first time, the input should be 速成(As this powerful input keyboard provides 4 different input method by default!). You can switch to Jyutping with the following steps:
Step 1: Click on the character 中
Step 2: Select the circled keyboard
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