How to write, type, listen, dictate, and use Siri in Cantonese on Apple Computers, MacBooks, and macOS.
To input Chinese by Handwriting or strokes:
You can now select your input method in the top-right.
There are 2 main options for typing Cantonese on a Mac. These are Apple's native way which works for macOS13 and older, and Rime which works for older Macs and has tonal markers for learners.
Cantonese typing is available on Apple's Mac Computers (starting in 2022 with macOS 13 Ventura). It uses standard Cantonese Jyutping as the basis and is also compatible with Yale Romanization.
Cantonese Input can be found in: System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > [+] > Cantonese, Traditional > Phonetic - Cantonese
Rime is another option for typing Cantonese on a Mac:
To input Chinese by dictating Cantonese to your Apple computer:
Note down your shortcut for dictation. By default this is ‘Press Fn (Function) Key Twice’.
Now instead of typing, you can speak Cantonese Chinese to your Mac and have it transcribe it.
Note: If you’re bilingual, you can easily switch between speaking in Cantonese, English, and other languages within the dictation popup.
To get your Macbook or iMac to read text to you in Cantonese:
Now you can listen to any English or Chinese text by: (Highlighting Text) > (Right Click) > Speech > Start Speaking. If enabled, a shortcut can be used once the text is highlighted.
To enable Siri, Apple's voice assistant, to understand Cantonese:
Now you can ask Siri questions in Cantonese.See a list of Siri Commands in Cantonese
Note: This document is written for devices running macOS Sierra (OSX 10.12) or higher. Instructions vary for older devices.
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