Input Tools Enabled for Google Apps—Type in Dozens of Other Languages

Office of Technology Services has enabled Input Tools for Google Apps that let you write in other languages using phonetic typing and virtual keyboards. Input Tools makes it easy to type in other languages such as Hindi or Chinese.

You can type with transliteration, Input Method Editors (IMEs), or virtual keyboard, depending on the language in which you’d like to type.

You can enable this tool in your account via the Gear tool >Settings > Language > Show All Language Options > Enable Input Tools.

How are the input tools different?

Transliteration: Type languages phonetically in English letters, and they’ll appear in their correct alphabet. Keep in mind that transliteration is different from translation; the sound of the words is converted from one alphabet to the other, not the meaning.
Input Method Editor (IME): Use a Latin alphabet keyboard to convert your keystrokes to Asian characters. Google offers a handful of IMEs like Pinyin and Wubi IMEs for Simplified Chinese, as well as Pinyin and Zhuyin/Bopomofo IMEs for Traditional Chinese and Japanese.
Virtual Keyboard: Use an on-screen keyboard native to languages like Arabic, Hebrew, Thai and Korean.

Learn more about how to use the different types of input tools.