Some Tips on Using Njstar

Using Njstar as a Pinyin tutor:

Get a piece of text and highlight the whole text and then use the convert to pinyin function under the Tools menu. Now you have a piece of text annotated with Pinyin!

Using Njstar as a dictionary:

Under the Tools menu, the‘Dictionary Popup’ feature allows you to get the pinyin and meanings instantly when you put a cursor over a character or a word.

Highlight the word or character you don't know and use the dictionary function under the Tools menu.

Also under the Tools menu, the “word annotation”feature will provide a line by line annotation including pinyin and English glosses.

Mixing two different fonts in the same file:

You can type the file up in whatever type you feel comfortable in. Then highlight the part you want to be in a different font and select the right font from the top left window.

Using 南 极 连 拼 mode rather than 字 词 拼 音 mode for faster input:

You can change between the three modes of input at the left bottom part of the window, in addition to choosing under the Input menu. Try the two Chinese modes and see which one is better for you:

南 极 连 拼 : No space is needed between syllables. Characters convert when punctuation is used. Characters directly are put on the screen.

字 词 拼 音 : You have to pick from the selection before characters go on screen.

Getting around problem with the umlauted u (u with two dots on top, represented below as yu):

nyu>nuu:

lyu>luu: 绿 旅 律 率 铝 虑 律

lyue>luue/lue: 掠 撂

nyue>nuue/nue:

Use a different pronunciation:

If you don't find a character you want, try using a different pronunciation of the same character. Using [zhe], we don't find , so try [zhao] instead.

This also cuts down the time for searching through homographs when a character has more than one pronunciations, one of which has fewer homophones. So use [dei] instead of [de] for , since the former has fewer homophones.

Type in compound words rather than single characters:

This is preferred whether or not your aim is to get compounds:

1). You do want compound words: try to type in words with no spaces between syllables to avoid homographs selections. So: zhongguo rather than zhong guo for 中 国 ; renmin rather than ren min for 人 民 .

2). You only want single characters:

If you know a character is contained in a compound word, you can type the pinyin for the whole compound and when the compound comes up, delete the character you don't want. So: type shi2jian1 instead of shi2 alone, even if you are interested only in . When 时 间 comes up, you can delete . This may seem inefficient, but typing extra pinyin is faster than going through screenfuls of homographs to find the right character.

Use the English-Chinese/Chinese-English dictionary to get word suggestions.

This is not available in the downloaded version.

Use Cantonese pronunciation to get characters by using the other input methods under the input menu.