January 23, 2012, 08:02 PM posted in I Have a Question

I just started chinese pod and I want to learn the characters, not just the pinyin.

How do I get the characters to show? The screen only shows boxs where there should be characters.

Does anyone know how to fix this?


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January 24, 2012, 01:27 AM

Click on "help" at the bottom of the screen, then click on Forums, then frequently asked questions, and there are instructions there. Sorry, I'd cut and paste them, but not at my desktop pc right now.

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January 24, 2012, 03:24 AM

For Windows XP users:

1. Open your Control Panel, then select "Regional and Language Options". Go to the "Languages" tab; under "Supplemental Language Support", select "Install Files for Asian Languages," Then "OK", "OK". Wait for the files to install, then restart your computer.
2. Open your Control Panel.
3. Select “Regional and Language Options”
4. Go to the “Languages” tab
5. Under “Supplemental Language Support”, select “Install Files for Asian Languages”
6. Click the OK button when the dialogue box appears
7. Click the OK button when the next dialogue box appears
8. Wait for the files to install
9. Restart your computer
10. Return to "Regional and Language Options" and the "Languages" tab. Under "Text Services & Input Languages", "Installed Services", select "Add". In "Add Input Language" dialog, choose "Input Language", "Chinese, PRC," "OK".

Note: Some computers may ask for the Windows XP Installation CD. If so, insert your copy of Windows XP into the CD drive.

For Mac users:
1. Open “System Preferences”=>”International”=>”Input Menu”
2. Turn on “Simplified Chinese” and/or “Traditional Chinese.”
3. Make sure “Show Input Menu in Menu Bar” is checked.
4. Close the “System Preference” window.
5. Go to the “Input Menu” (if you are using a US system, it should be a US flag icon) and select Simplified Chinese and/or Traditional Chinese.
6. Click on the “Input Menu” again, you should see a list of 8 input methods at the bottom half of the pull down menu. You should choose Pinyin unless you are more comfortable with another system.