How do I configure Ubuntu to input Chinese?
hopefully it helps
My system had a similar problem: I was able to choose "Chinese", but it didn't really input any Chinese. The key step missing was to install a specific Chinese input method/package. E.g.:
After installing Pinyin in this example, go to System Settings → Language Support → Chinese (Pinyin).
Now it works as expected.
This thread helped me to figure out this solution. It also suggests another input method:
This method is through command line. It relies on installing
Then, run the following command:
The command above takes output of
Alternatively the two lines can be combined into a simple script:
Hope that helps other users! Chinese language by itself is great for web-surfing Chinese internet, but one of the most desired app for Chinese users of Linux is QQ, which of course isn't available, however check out my other answer on how to install Android version of QQ in Ubuntu.
setup instructions for chinese character support in ubuntu 14.04
1. Enable Chinese Language Support
a - Click System Settings, Click Language Support
b - Ensure that Keyboard input method system: is set to IBus
c - Click Install / Remove Languages..
d - Choose Chinese (simplified) and/or Chinese (traditional)
e - Click Apply Changes
2. Install Additional Chinese Input Systems
a - Open Ubuntu Software Center
b - Search for and install ibus-m17n
3. Select And Enable Your Input Systems
a - Click System Settings, Click Text Entry
b - Click the + button to add new methods
c - Select Chinese (Pinyin), click Add
this allows you to type characters 汉字
d - Select Chinese (SunPinyin), click Add
this also allows you to type chinese characters 汉字 (optional alternative)
e - select Chinese (hanyu pinyin (m17n)), click Add
this allows you to type hànyǔ pīnyīn (english characters with tone markers)
4. Test It Out
If when using Chinese(Pinyin) you have the bug where typing hanyu suggests ha nü sh and other similar, syllabic separation problems, first try this..
Open the terminal, Enter ibus restart
if that doesn't work here are a few other suggestions at Pinyin Joe