When I first started learning 广东话, I couldn’t find any decent information on the Internet about how to type 广东话 characters so I gradually made my own list of commonly used 广东话 characters. You can see it below. Since that time, some easier methods of entering 广东话 have emerged. I’ve described them below too.
广东话 搜索 Engines – How to Web 搜索 using 广东话 Characters:
Safele has a 广东话 搜索 Engine at Safele.com/hk. A user only needs to type the first letter of a 广东话 initial sound (using the 刘锡祥 广东话 拼音 or Yale system) and all characters with an initial sound starting with that letter will be listed above the search box. If the user clicks on one of the Chinese characters, that character will replace the letter in the search box. If the user wants to type an English word or any other non-Chinese text, he/she just continues typing into the search box without clicking on any of the Chinese characters. This method does not require users to learn an entire romanization system. Instead, only the initial letter of each sound needs to be learned, and learning those is so simple that even if you don’t know Sidney Lau’s romanization system or the Yale system, you can learn the initial letters within minutes just by typing English letters and watching which Chinese characters appear in the list. This Chinese character input method is especially useful for 广东话 speakers who have not learned, or not installed, one of the stroke-based 广东话 character input methods, e.g. those using a mobile phone, or a computer in a non-Chinese speaking country, or a computer in an Internet bar, or a computer without a writing tablet. Of course, Safele also warns you about old browser-related software running on your computer, which helps you keep your computer free of viruses, trojans, and malware! Try the 广东话 搜索 Engine yourself at Safele.com/hk!
广东话 Input Methods (IME) – How to Type 广东话:
Here are some of the ways you can type 广东话-specific characters on your computer:
If you know how to speak 普通话 and how to write pinyin, or are willing to learn, then ...
You can use the Chinese (PRC) IME (freely available from Microsoft), but around 60% of all 广东话-specific characters will still not be typeable.
You can use the Chinese (Taiwanese) IME (freely available from Microsoft), but around 25% of all 广东话-specific characters will still not be typeable.
If you’re writing an HTML page ...
You can copy and paste the characters or Unicode values from the table below, but I may not have listed all the characters you need. (If you want me to add some, send me a message by clicking the “联系我们” link above.)
If you know how to write Chinese characters and how to use Wubi, or are willing to learn, then ...
You can use the Wubi IME (五笔字型输入法) (freely available from wangma.com.cn), and most if not all 广东话-specific characters will be typeable!
If you know how to write 广东话 words using the 刘锡祥 广东话 拼音 or Jyutping or Yale, or are willing to learn, then ...
You can use a 广东话 IME such as CPIME (freely available from cpime.hk), and most if not all 广东话-specific characters will be typeable! (Although the 刘锡祥 广东话 拼音 implemented in CPIME version 6.2.5 has at least 3 errors that I know of. i.e. The romanization is incorrect for some sounds. It’s not a huge problem though.)
Common 广东话 Characters:
Each row of the table below shows:
a 广东话-specific Character, or a standard Chinese character which has a different meaning in 广东话,
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