I started writing my blog in Nepali only 2 years ago. Here is the steps I took in learning how to type and write in Nepali kha-ra-ra-ra 🙂
- First I installed Unicode Nepali in my computer. (Instructions on how to install in your phone/computer is towards the end of the article).
- The strategy I used was to set the desktop background of my computer to an image of “nepali keyboard layout”. (Right-click desktop and change desktop picture). (In windows if you press “start + D” you can switch between desktop and your writing window)
- Then I started translating my most popular articles into Nepali. Translating your own english writings, however few you have, is a great way to start, since only you know the real emotional tone and style in your writings.
- Translate fast and rough at first. Then leave it for a few days. Then go back again to recheck what you have translated. Improve it. Repeat this 2 or 3 times. The finished piece will be a lot polished. You will smile.
- Publish it on your website now. Promote it by sharing it in social networking sites. I use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. People deserve to read it.
- Don’t forgot to link between the English version and Nepali version of your article. Sometimes if English becomes hard to comprehend, you can quickly switch to Nepali.
- Every few months go back to original article, re-edit again and re-share it again. With fresh eyes the article will only improve in quality.
- If you know a friend who is good in Nepali, please give the article to them for proof-reading. They can see what you can’t see. ( I use Google docs/drive for document collaboration which comes free with any Gmail account)
- Important note: Do start posting very short status updates on social media in Nepali. This way the slow pace of your nepali typing will not frustrate you to abandon your noble quest to write/type in Nepali. Patience rocks! ).
How to install Nepali alphabets in your computer / iPhone / iPad :
For iPhone /iPad users ( I don’t know how to in Android) :
just press on “Settings” >> “Keyboard” >> “Keyboards”>> “Add new keyboard” >> “Hindi” .
(unfortunately they haven’t come out with “nepali” yet but makes no real difference functionally)
You are done. ( Just go to any application where you can type and press small “globe” icon besides space bar to switch to “nepali alphabets” 🙂
If you want Google to help you easily type in Nepali by typing in English without memorizing where each key is ( for example, typing ‘ke’ results in के ) Bookmark this link. http://www.google.com/inputtools/cloud/try/
*** If you are going to write a lot in Nepali, I recommend you to install Unicode in Nepali. Here’s how to install Nepali (Devanagari) for mac users. (नेपालीमा कसरी हाल्ने म्याकमा सफ्टवेएर) Here’s how to install Nepali in Windows xp, 7 and beyond.(नेपालीमा कसरी हाल्ने विन्डोज सफ्टवेएर)
for people who can’t figure out how to write ज्ञ and other hard words
here is an image from suvash thapaliya