openSUSE Gnome Basics: Japanese Kana Kanji and Pinyin input Part 4

Continued from openSUSE Gnome Basics: Japanese Kana Kanji and Pinyin input Part 3

Typing individual Hiragana and Katakana characters


The Japanese (Kana Kanji) iBus input method works great for individual characters. Just type the Romaji as usual and, if needed, select the character.

As an alternative, you can launch the Gnome Character Map, select Katakana or Hiragana from the Script list and then click the character on the table.



Pinyin with accented marks


Pinyin uses four tone marks: macron, caron, acute, and grave. There are several solutions to add the marks, with using Unicode shortcuts arguably the most common way of going about it. As an option, you can add the English (US, alternative international) input method.

Note: There are close to two dozen types of English input methods available and most multilingual users select which is most comfortable for them based on their device's keyboard (laptop or desktop) and their own personal preference.

To add the English (US, alternative international) input method:

1. In Settings > Region & Language, and then click the + button.



2. Select English (United States) > English (US, alternative international) > Add.

If you need to type acute and grave accented vowels, just press 'or ` with the corresponding vowel.

Examples:

à - Hold down ` and then press a.
í - Hold down ´ and then press i.

jīntiān xiàwǔ - this afternoon
yǒushí - sometimes

If you´re on a laptop, using accents with a macron or caron mark may be difficult if the keyboard is compressed or uses an adjusted key layout. You can use the Latin Unicode characters for macron or caron accented letters. You can verify the shortcuts by using the Gnome Character Map.

Note: You have several options for script types, but Latin has caron and macron accented vowels in the Character Table.



Examples:

 CTRL+SHIFT+U -> release -> 011B <Enter> for e with caron mark

 kuài lě - happy

 CTRL+SHIFT+U -> release -> 0101 <Enter> for i with macron mark
 CTRL+SHIFT+U -> release -> 012B <Enter> for a with macron mark

 jīntiān

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