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Is it possible to type in Japanese/Chinese or German characters w/ a NA Android?

#1MwulfPosted 8/23/2013 9:02:43 PM
80/80

Got a Nexus 7 that is currently charging. Looking through Google Play right now, specifically at flashcard apps... is there any way to use the keyboard to type out chinese characters or german characters? I can make do without the latter (obviously), but the former is something that would be -very- beneficial to me.
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#2ipwnu713Posted 8/23/2013 9:18:01 PM
There should be a pinyin keyboard in the keyboard options.
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#3knightimexPosted 8/23/2013 9:23:53 PM
There is about 4000 konji characters.

Have fun with that.
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#4ZukkusPosted 8/23/2013 9:37:41 PM
On my Android keyboard, say if you want a , you hold down over the u for a few seconds and a selection of foreign u letters pops up.
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#5Knight2520Posted 8/23/2013 9:45:27 PM(edited)
There are specific language keyboards available. I have one for Japanese (from Google) and it works great. I'm not familiar with all of the special characters in German, but you can get the vowels with diacritical marks in just the default keyboard, as Zukkus said.

From: knightimex | #003
There is about 4000 konji characters.

Have fun with that.


As usual you have no idea what you're talking about, young troll.
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#6dry1cePosted 8/23/2013 9:58:26 PM
Swype has a handwriting option which is great for Chinese. You can download German and Japanese too.
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#7reincarnator07Posted 8/24/2013 3:14:24 AM
First, not 80/80 if you're using contractions like w/.

Second, Swype has options for other languages, so I'd assume other keyboards also have those options. Not tried the handwriting, but it works well enough for just typing them out.

Third:
knightimex posted...
There is about 4000 konji characters.

Have fun with that.


There are far more kanji than that, but most of those aren't in common use.
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#8LaMichael_JamesPosted 8/24/2013 7:02:09 AM
knightimex posted...
There is about 4000 konji characters.

Have fun with that.


I read this as "traditional chinese characters are a b**** to type for uneducated plebs" and you'd be right
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#9arleasPosted 8/24/2013 7:08:53 AM(edited)
The only flash card type thing I use is Anki and I tend to focus on recognizing the kanji and getting the meaning and pronunciation correct. I use iknow.jp for more serious learning...though it would be nice if I could just switch to hiragana/katakana mode and type out the words like with a regular IME.

From: LaMichael_James | #008
I read this as "traditional chinese characters are a b**** to type for uneducated plebs" and you'd be right


When I first started trying to learn, it was like a bunch of random squiggles and I seriously got headaches just trying to get anything more than the basics down... after a while I started recognizing the radicals and then it just became a matter of remembering which radicals it uses and what position in the kanji it has...though after a while I gave up on that since how often am I going to be forced to hand write a chinese character?

I decided to focus on remembering what the kanji means and the word(s) associated with it and how to enter it in an IME and that was enough...but I've been working on it for a few years in my spare time so yeah, it's not easy... not impossible obviously but not easy.
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#10CammyApplePosted 8/24/2013 7:09:44 AM(edited)
As examples

Japanese:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.japanese&hl=en

Chinese:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin&hl=en

Also various other Keyboards have language plugins if you look.

edit
A furigana reader:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.akito.furiganareader&hl=en
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