Monday, February 14, 2011


Cantonese Input Methods =廣東話輸入法

Cantonese is traditional chinese. It has been traced back thousands years ago. It is one of the most ancient language. It should be the one to represent chinese. To learn chinese, it is far better to learn cantonese. 
A lot of people say chinese is hard to learn as well as cantonese is hard to learn. Not really. There are only 20 consonants including the 0 consonant, ie, no consonant sound, just vowels.
There are only 7 basic vowels and with the compound vowels and aspiration ending, the p, k, and t, there are only 53 vowels to be distinguished. We are not talking about 53 times 20 which amount to over 1000 typical syllables and not talking about over 10,000 chinese characters. Knowing how to combine them is to say there are 53+20 which is 73 ways of creating the cantonese syllables.
By grouping the chinese characters which is over 10,000 into each syllables, or way to sound the character, it is easier to remember than to remember the ASCII table which has 255 characters.
A lot of chinese input systems are using "pin yin" or "ping yin", actually should say "ping jam" in cantonese.
The formal or normal way of entering the syllables using consonant and vowel and then choose the desired character is what each of everybody is doing. I do not like the idea and so I create one which is based on the embedded syllables of the character with reference to the "pin yin" or "ping jam" (consonant+vowel input). Looking up all characters with the same syllables is a lot more fun and for the learning of the chinese characters.
Everything starts from something. To learn mathematics or language, you just need to learn the fundamental axiom and here to learn the basic character with his typical syllable without spelling the syllable with pin yin.

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