photo by Jason P.
Is the operating system on your computer Microsoft Windows 7?
If you do, Windows 7 has a built in IME (input method editor) that will allow you to type in Chinese (and other languages) on Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works.
All you need to do is set it up, so follow the directions in the document below.
Free web-based Chinese IME that allows you to write Chinese without installing any special software.
Something fun! Write Chinese characters in a calligraphy style. Free web-based Chinese IME that allows you to write Chinese without installing any special software.
Learn the fundamental strokes to write Chinese characters.
Learn to write Chinese properly in the correct stroke order. This visual dictionary will literally write in front of you once you select the character you want to write. You can learn both traditional and simplified forms.
Another visual dictionary that will literally write in front of you once you select the character you want to write.
Chinese lessons from the Chinese Language Program in the University of Southern California. Learn the meaning of the character, how to write it in proper stroke order, and how to use it as a word.
Note: To access the following videos, you need to be a currently enrolled Centralia College student or employee and log in with your student or employee ID.
The Chinese Writing System:
The Chinese writing system is one of the world's oldest and is the only ancient writing system in use today.
Nearly one billion people use Chinese writing, a complex system of several thousand characters. Within China, a great deal of language variation exists, thus characters are an important, symbolic part of Chinese culture.
Learn about the Chinese Writing System from Professor Mark Bender, Dept of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Ohio State University.