Using IMEs (Input Method Editors)

IMEs (Input Method Editors) allow you to type characters that are not in the Roman alphabet. This could be a script like Arabic, Cyrillic (Russian), Hebrew, and Hindi or you could be typing characters like Chinese, Japanese, Korean. In all cases, you will first set up an IME. Then you will open the program you wish to type in and select the IME. We will take you through these steps and provide you with some ideas and resources for how to use this method.

Installation Instructions for Mac and Windows

How to use the IMEs for Arabic, Hebrew, and Russian

The on-screen keyboard will allow you to view the characters that you are typing. This can be particularly helpful when typing in a non-Roman script (e.g. Arabic, Hebrew, and Cyrillic). It can also be helpful if you are exploring the in-country keyboard for any language (e.g. French, German, Italian, Spanish). On both Windows and Mac, you can bring up an on-screen keyboard. You may also purchase or print out a keyboard for use at your desk.

How to use the IMEs for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

Students of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean will use a phonetic system to enter their characters. The IME for Japanese and Korean students should default to this entry method. For Chinese students, you must select the appropriate entry method.

First, select the program in which you are going to type, then select the IME that you wish to use. To compose your text, begin typing the words phonetically (type the sound of the word). As you type, the characters for the corresponding syllables or words will appear. In this way, the IME functions much like the predictive text function (T9) in a cell phone. Typically, you select the character with the Space Bar or the Enter key. Use the arrow keys to select an alternate option.

Keep in mind that in Windows, you may need to select the IME again when you change programs (e.g. Word → email).

Additional Resources

mylanguage360's Windows 7 Installation Guide