Need to reply to an e-mail in Chinese? – Want to join the Google+ conversation with your Hindi-speaking friends? -This Chrome extension from Google will help you! Meet “Google Input Tools”
The Google Input Tools extension provides virtual keyboards for over 70 languages, and full IMEs or direct transliteration for over 20 different scripts. Never heard “transliteration” before? Its the online service wherein you type words using English alphabets and then get them converted to the script/language that you have selected. You can take a look here.
I use the transliteration website whenever I need something typed in my mother tongue. But, with this extension, you can carry that power all around the web. With just a mouse click, you can start typing in your own language.
When you first install the extension, click on the extension icon, then select “Extension Options” in the pop-up menu. A new tab will appear where you can select your preferred languages or input methods. The keyboards or IMEs you add to ‘Selected input tools’ can be enabled at any time from the extension itself. You can always return to this options page to add, remove, or change the order of your input tools.
To use an input tool, simply click on the extension icon, select the desired language tool in the pop-up menu, then click on any text box on the web page. To turn off an input tool, click on the extension icon and select the “Turn Off” option.