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September 6, 2016 (Tue)

How to use Chinese keyboard for acronym domain names


Yesterday I wrote about making Chinese friends. I think this is probably the best method when you need to find Chinese meanings for your domain names. If you have one or two Chinese friends, then you can get help readily and most likely not having to pay for it. Well, maybe just a good meal for your friends?

However, if you really want to do it yourself, there is a way. First, you need to set up a Chinese keyboard on your computer. Note that I'm using the term "Chinese keyboard" here because I could not find a standard name for it. Sometimes it's called IME (Input Method Editor) or other times it's simply called "input source". However, your physical keyboard remains the same. The difference is when this same keyboard is used in the "Chinese Keyboard" mode, pressing a key on the keyboard gives you a Chinese character instead.

If you are running Windows 10, use the following steps to set up a Chinese keyboard:
1. From Start menu, select Settings.
2. Click "Time & language"
3. Click "Region & language"
4. Click "Add a language"
5. Click "Chinese Simplified"
6. Click "Chinese (Simplified, China)"

To activate the Chinese keyboard, click the keyboard icon on the Taskbar and then select "Chinese (Simplified, China)". Now, you can start entering an acronym.

For Mac, it involves using Input Sources to add "Chinese - Simplified (Pinyin - Simplified)". Follow the YouTube video How to Type in Chinese Characters (Mac) by Maureen Wu. I find the instruction very clear. Pay attention to the part starting 6:45 when Maureen explains typing "mm" to get a whole bunch of possible Chinese phrases.

Example: XYZ

I'll use my Windows 10 to illustrate the steps. It's similar on Mac too. When you type XYZ, a horizontal box pops up with Chinese phrases matching the acronym. If you click > on the right end of the box, you'll get more choices. Click to select a Chinese phrase, which is entered into your document file automatically.


For our explanation, I'll select the first 5 choices:
1. 下一站
2. 需要在
3. 小宇宙
4. 吸引着
5. 小燕子

Now, how do you know their meanings? Try Google Translate. Paste them one by one into Google Translate and get their English meanings:
1. 下一站 (next stop)
2. 需要在 (need)
3. 小宇宙 (small universe)
4. 吸引着 (attracting)
5. 小燕子 (swallow)

There you go. Your acronym domain name is XYZ. You activate the Chinese keyboard and collect as many Chinese meanings as you like. Then use Google Translate to get their English meanings. Voila! No need to study Chinese! Wait, it's not that easy. In this example, I've found two problems.
1. The Chinese keyboard suggests #2 and #4, but they are incomplete as a term, so probably cannot be used.
2. Google Translate fails to translate #5 as "young swallow" or "little swallow".

So, I recommend that you collect all the Chinese and English meanings, and then check with a Chinese friend for confirmation. Since you have already done most of the work, it becomes much easier for your friend to check the final part.

In conclusion, I think the Chinese keyboard is a very powerful tool for adding Chinese meanings to domain names. I use it everyday because it gives me a large number of Chinese meanings.