How to type in Hindi & other Indian languages on any website
For instance, instead of writing “Mujhe pata hai ki tumhe Hindi mein type karna nahin aata hai”, wouldn’t you rather prefer “मुझे पता है तुम्हे हिंदी में type करना नहीं आता है.” Right.
(For those who don’t understand hindi, it means – “I know, you don’t know how to type in Hindi.”)
Don’t worry. I have found an easy solution for you. With this solution you would be able to type in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telgu, Malayalam and Arabic.
Here is the step by step guide for you. I am writing this guide for Hindi but the steps remain same for any other language too. This process doesn’t require to install any software or add-on. It just works with a shortcut, known as Bookmarklet, provided by Google.
Transliteration Bookmarklet is a small piece of code that you store in your browser. Once stored, you can type in Hindi in any text box on any web-site of your choice. It works on any web-sites.
For example, you can use the bookmarklet to chat in Hindi in Gmail, send messages in Hindi to your friends on networking web-sites like Facebook and Orkut etc, or edit a Hindi Wikipedia article or even write a blog post in Hindi.
FYI, you don’t need to follow this guide if you are using Gmail, Orkut, Blogger, Knol or any other iGoogle gadget. As Transliteration is built-in on these sites.
- In your browser, just drag and drop this link [अ Type in Hindi] in your ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’ or Favorite bar. (You may right-click on the link and select ‘Bookmark this link’ to create a Bookmark as well. The steps might be a little different for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari.
- After creating the bookmarklet, follow these steps to type in Hindi on any web-site:
- Click on the bookmarklet you created in first step. You will see a message ‘Transliteration is now enabled…’
- Click on any text box where you want to type in Hindi. You will see a icon in the text box.
- Now start typing in English as you would speak them in Hindi and words will be transliterated to Hindi.
- You will see the words being converted into Hindi as you type.
- If you don’t like the way word is converted, just click on that word and select another option from the suggestions.
- Or you may even leave it in English itself. The way I have written above.
- If you want to stop typing in Hindi, just click on that bookmarklet again or press Ctrl+G inside the text box.
You may want to check out this small screencast below to see this entire process live.
Please note, Transliteration lets you type Hindi words phonetically typed in English and then have them appear in Hindi. It doesn’t translate anything. It is the sound of words that are converted from one alphabet to other and not there meaning.
Check out guide for respective language Bookmarklet -Arabic, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. You may also want to check out Google Indic Transliteration Lab page for being able to type in even more Indian languages like Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi & Nepali.
Don’t forget to tell me your experience. Does your readers like the way you started typing now in their native language.