My dear friends,
Many of you probably know that I am a fan of Q9 the Chinese input method 九方輸入法 (besides being a fan of RTHK, PBS, NPR, TiVo, J.S. Bach, …). I think it is a godsend to Hong Kong people. It is particularly suitable for most of us because we normally do not do pinyin 拼音 nor bo po mo fo 注音, nor are us professional typists who can afford the time for a dedicated training to master other Chinese input methods, such as Cang Jie 倉頡 (which is painfully difficult to master).
Q9 literally has changed my life, since I learned it’s basics in 15 minutes in 2004. If you know how often now I email, blog, and facebook in Chinese, you will know what I mean. I am so happy with Q9 that I often recommend it to my friends in
This is the first time I try to hold such a workshop virtually (on the Internet), via the service of GotoMeeting.com If you have not yet mastered any Chinese input methods, and you are interested to learn Q9, please check out the following details about this virtual meeting. (Note, see my comments on hand-writing board below.)
The workshop will be conducted in Cantonese. The workshop is free, of course. I am doing it just for fun. Disclaimer: I receive absolutely no commission from Q9. I just think Q9 is a great piece of software for my friends from
Date/Time: May 18 Sunday 11:00 am – noon Hong Kong Time
(May 17 Sat 11:00 pm-midnight US Eastern Daylight Saving Time)
Place: virtually, on the web, in your home, through your computer and telephone
How to join
- Reply this email to register telling me that you want to register (I will send you an acknowledgement email)
- On the scheduled meeting time, call this
phone number (note: you will have to pay for the long-distance call fee, but it should cheap these days) +1-(605) 990-0010; when prompted (in English), please press the following access code (216-730-101) with the numeric buttons on your phone. USA
- Point your web browser to this address https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/216730101, when prompted, please enter the following meeting password: behappy
During the virtual meeting, you will be able to see my desktop on which I will show the Q9 demo. At the end, I will also teach you how to try out Q9 for free – by using the online service of hk.dictionary.yahoo.com (but of course if you really want to use it on a regular basis, you can buy a copy of Q9: the download version is HK$ 250 or USD 32, the CDROM version is HK$ 350. )
For enquiry, please feel free to contact me at mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
For background information of this virtual workshop series, you can check out a blog article of mine http://leeyuiwah.blogspot.com/2008/04/blog-post_05.html
For more info about the software, visit Q9’s official website: http://q9tech.com/
I hope you will find the workshop useful – it may change your life too!
Clement Lee 李銳華
P.S. I still think Q9 is superior to the hand-writing board, which is very slow. For example, if I have to write my Chinese name, I will have to write 7+14+12 strokes altogether, and I need to pray that the software can recognize my handwriting the first time I write my words, or I will have to retry, which means more strokes. In contrast, with Q9 I only need to type 4+5+4 keys and the computer almost always get the words correctly. Q9 also supports “associative suggestion” 聯想字, so it can sometimes guess your next Chinese word based on the current word. E.g. 中 often leads to 文、國、心、央 etc. This can speed up your typing further. Also, if you forget how to write a certain word, but you still remember its sound, you can find words from their homophones 同音字 (words of the same sound). Basically, I think Q9 solves the practical need of input Chinese for most people from Hong Kong, and its speed is decent.