Part A: The Japanese Hiragana
My cousin asked how to make the Hiragana script (one of the Japanese scripts) available on Ubuntu because the script is available on Gwibber but not available system-wide. She noted that it was Katakana that is available system-wide.
The modern Japanese writing is dividable into three scripts:
- Hiragana which looks like this: ひらがな (reads: hiragana)
- Katakana which looks like this: カタカナ (reads: katakana)
- Kanji which looks like this: 漢字 (reads: kanji)
Read more about the Japanese writing system, here:
Japanese writing system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You may find this webpage (one of Jim Breen's webpages) to be useful:
WWWJDIC: Text/Word Translation
Part B: The Chinese Pinyin
Romanized Chinese is called Pinyin.
You may find this online dictionary to be very helpful:
Xiaoma Cidian - Chinese English Dictionary
"Romaji is to Japanese as Pinyin is to Chinese"
Part C: How to "activate" Hiragana
After some googling, i found this blog:
Japanese Input on Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx - Localizing Japan
which was mentioned, here:
How do I get keyboard to write hiragana instead of katakana? - Ask Ubuntu
1. Accessing the Language Support window.
1.1. In the Launcher, see Pic 1, click the Dash Home icon, see Pic 2.
1.2. In the Search field, type-in "language", see Pic 1.
1.3. Click the Language Support icon, see Pic 3.
The Language Support window will appear, see Pic 4.
2. Step 2 to Step 4 is to install the packages for the language.
In the Language Support window, under the Language tab, click the Install/Remove Languages... button, see Pic 4,.
The Installed Languages window will appear, see Pic 5.
3. In the Installed Languages window, see Pic 5, search for the Japanese language.
Put a tick in the box under the Installed column for the Japanese language.
Then click the Apply Changes button.
4. The Authenticate window, see Pic 6, will appear to ask for your password.
Key-in you password in the Password field.
Then click the Authenticate button.
The Applying changes window, see Pic 7, will appear to show the progress. Allow some time for the process.