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.
Cantonese typing (Jyutping, Yale, IPA), is not installed by default on Apple's Mac computers.
However, Chrome Input Tools is a good alternative. It supports a wide range of Cantonese input methods running out of the Chrome Browser.
🙇 Please also consider asking Apple to add Cantonese Typing to 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.
Note: This document is written for devices running macOS Sierra (OSX 10.12) or higher. Instructions vary for older devices.
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