Cangjie Input Codes for
Difficult to Decode Chinese Characters

Some Chinese characters for which the Cangjie Input code is difficult to figure out, 飛 鬼 隊 非 帶象 家 易 昜.

There are a few Chinese character that I used to constantly have difficulty inputting. I always forgot their input codes, and worse, I couldn't remember how to break these characters into basic elements. On the bright side, when I finally sat down to figure out why I was having difficulties, I fixed the holes in my understanding of the canjie input system and hopefully the tips here will help you overcome your own cangjie input difficulties.

Some of the Chinese symbols I used to have difficulty entering are shown below.

Inputting the Chinese Character for Flying 飛

The Chinese symbol for "flying" or "to fly" is 飛.

The Top Part of Flying

Perhaps the most difficult element is the top part which in isolation is represented by the letter n and the element 乙. The bottom most of the two strokes to the right of this element are represented by o and the last stroke of 人. And so the first two letters for the input code for this character are no or 弓人.

The Bottom Part of the Symbol for Flying

The next part could be isolated to 升 which has the code ht. H represents the top left stroke and t represents the horizontal stroke and the two vertical strokes. The last element isn't the n (which because of the five element limit is skipped) but is instead o again.

The Input Code

And so the cangie input code for this character is

nohto
人竹廿人

Inputting the Chinese character for Not or Non 非

The Chinese symbol for Not (or I should say "one possible Chinese symbol that has the meaning "not") is 非.

The Left Side

Looking at the first and last element of the left half of this character, the very first stroke is a vertical line represented by the letter l and its corresponding element 中. The bottom most stroke is the last of the three horizontal strokes, represented by the letter m which represents the horizontal stroke element 一.

The Right Side

For the right side of this character you'd think it too would begin with the letter l for the vertical stroke. But actually the top part of the right most part is represented by the letter s. In this case the element is the top half of the vertical stroke along with the top two horizontal strokes. The bottom most portion of the right part is represented by the letter y which in this case is for the bottom part of the vertical stroke and the bottom most horizontal bar or dot 卜.

The Input Code

And so the code for the entire character is:

lmsy
一尸卜

The Input Code for the Chinese Symbol for Carry 帶

The top part of the Chinese symbol for carry or wear was the part that often gave me the most problems. I could never figure out how to break it down. It looked to me like some derivative of t.

The Top Part

The letter k represents the element for big 大. It also represents ￘ß, a variant of the cross shape which is simply the symbol for big with the right leg removed. This forms the left most part of the of the symbol for wear.

The letter p not only represents the element for heart, 心 (P for pump) but also this element 七. This represents the left most part of the top element of wear.

The Bottom Part

The bottom part is reasonably easy. The first and last parts are represented by the letter b which normally represents the character for moon, 月 but which also represents open bottomed box shapes 冂. The middle element is represented by the letter l for the vertical line 丨.

The Input code

The entire input code is thus

kpblb
月心中月

Inputting the Chinese Symbol for Ghost

The Chinese Symbol for ghost is 鬼. I spent a long time getting frustrated with this character because I was breaking it down incorrectly. I thought the top most part would have been the slanting top stroke 丿 followed by the square element with the cross inside (which by itself is the Chinese symbol for field 田).

The Code for the First Part of the Character

In retrospect I now realise that the first part of this character is everthing that touches the square shape with the cross inside. That includes the bottom two legs. And so the first part of the input code for this character is h for the top stroke 丿 and u for the right most of the two legs 乚.

The Final Part

The final part of the character is the angled stroke with the dot at the end 厶 which is represented by the letter i.

The Input Code for Ghost

The input code is thus:

hui
山戈

Input Code for the Chinese Character that Means Family or Home

The Chinese character 家 which can mean family or home can be divided into a top part and a lower part.

The Top Part

The code for the top part is simply j. Not only does the letter j tie-in to the cross element 十 but also the roof element 宀.

The Bottom Part

The bottom part can be a little bit more tricky. The key is understanding that the letter m not only represents a single horizontal stroke 一 but also a single horizontal stroke with a leftward dropping stroke connected below it.. And so the letter m takes care of the first two strokes of the bottom part of the character for home. The next part is represented by the letter s, and the element ￘Ü. Each of the two strokes to the left of this stroke would be represented by an h each but are ommited to because when using cangjie input code each element of a character can be represented by a maximum of trhee strokes. And so the final element, the bottom most of the two strokes to the right of the curved s stroke, ㇏ is represented by the letter r.

The Input Code

Thus the input code for the Chinese Symbol for Family or Home is

jmso
一尸人
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Input Code for the Chinese Character for Squad

The Chinese symbol for squad or small team is 隊. Part of the reason for including it right after the symbol for family is that both share similiar looking elements. The symbol for squad or team can be divided into a left part and a right part.

Left Part

The left part is a fairly common radical which is inputted using the letters nl. The n is used for the two curves to the right of the vertical stroke since n can represent the 乛 shape. L is used for the vertical stroke to the left..

Right Part

The input code for right part of squad begins with t for the 䒑 at the top. Note that in this case the next two strokes are represented by the letter p and not s since p can be used for the element 勹. As with the input code for family the two h strokes are skipped and so the final part of the input code for this element is r for the two strokes to the right.

Input Code

And so the complete cangjie input code for the Chinese symbol for squad is:

nltpo
中廿心人

Inputting the Chinese Symbol for Elephant

The Chinese symbol for elephant has a bottom part that is again similiar to the bottom part of the character for family and the bottom part of the right part of the symbol for squat 象. Although there is no break in the character it can be broken into a top and bottom half (unlike the character for ghost).

Top Half

The top half is relatively simply. The hook shape at the very top (above the box with the vertical line) is represented by the letter n which in turn can represent the ⺈ element.

The Bottom Part

The bottom part begins with the Chinese symbol for sun 日 but turned on it's side. Hence like that symbol, it is represented by the letter a. (The letter b represents the symbol for moon, 月).

The code for the part below similiar rules to that for the last part of the symbol for squad. The first two strokes below the sun element are again represented by the letter p for 勹. The two 丿 strokes are ommited in the code and so the final element is thus entered using the letter r for 人.

The Input Code for Elephant

napo
日心人

The Input Code for Expansive or Glorious

The Chinese character for expansive, 昜 is very similiar to the character that follows, easy. Both can be divided into a top and bottom part.

Top Part

The top part of expansive is input with the letter a for the sun element 日.

Bottom Part

The bottom part begins with a horizontal stroke but as in a previous example this horizontal element also includes a short stroke to the left beneath it. The horizontal stroke with its dangling element 丆 is entered with the letter m. The part that follows, ￘Ü is entered with an s code while the bottom most of the two strokes within is entered with an h.

Input Code

The entire input code is thus:

amsh
一尸竹

Input Code for the Chinese Symbol for Easy

As with the previous symbol the symbol for easy 易 can be broken into a top and bottom part.

Top Part

The top part is represented by the letter a for the su element 日.

Bottom Part

The code for the bottom part starts with the letter p for the 勹 element and then two h's for each of the two 丿 elements.

Input Code

The input code for the Chinese symbol for easy is thus:

aphh
心竹竹

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