How to write in Telugu
Google Indic Transliteration (http://www.google.com/transliterate/indic/Telugu) , an offering from Google Labs, provides an option for converting Roman characters to the Telugu characters. Using this tool you can type Telugu words phonetically in English script and still have them appear in their correct telugu alphabet. It is the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other, not their meaning. Sp you type combination of english letters to replicate the sound that you want to produce in Telugu, and the tool converts the english text into Telugu characters. For example, typing "elaga" transliterates into Telugu as 'ఎలాగా'
The transliteration feature is controlled by the button at the top left corner of the text box as shown below:
This button toggles the transliteration feature on and off. When it is on, it affects the text box contents. The letters of a word will appear as you type them until you reach the end of the word. As soon as you type a space or a punctuation mark, the letters will be converted to Telugu characters, like this:
The transliteration will attempt to match the sounds of the letters as accurately as possible between the two alphabets. However, if you find that it is incorrect, you can fix it.
Correcting edit words
When you find a word you want to change, just click on it once, using the left mouse button. This displays a short menu of alternate spellings, as well as an option to switch back to the original Roman characters you typed, or to edit the word further.
If you choose the "Edit..." option, you'll see the word in an Edit mode that provides on-the-fly suggestions for the next letter in the sequence. Click on the letter you want to enter next, it will be added to the word, and suggestions for the following letter will come up. You can also continue typing from your keyboard as well, if you prefer, and the characters will be entered according to this chart. Type a space or press the Enter key to end the word and go back to normal typing mode.
The suggestions provided in the "Edit..." option are limited to letters which could reasonably follow the ones already typed. Each button shows some English text in gray, which indicates the part of the last syllable that you have already typed. The text in bold indicates what you can type to get the Telugu letter displayed on that button. Alternatively, you can just click the button and it will add the correct letter for you. If a button is green, that means that the letter is phonetically similar to the last typed syllable, and clicking on the button will replace it.
Using the on-screen keyboard
If you want complete control over the choice of letters, click the keyboard icon to the right of the word you're editing. A full on-screen keyboard comes up, and you can simply click the letters you want to insert them into your text.
Matras (accent marks) are shown with dotted circles to indicate that they can be applied to different letters. To use them, first click the letter you want to use, then click the matra you want to apply to it. For example, to type వ్యా pronounced "vyaa",
Type a space, punctuation mark or the Enter key to end the word and go back to normal typing mode, or just click the "X" icon on the keyboard to remove it.
How do I use the editing options better?
These charts will give you an idea of how Roman characters are matched up with the Telugu characters in the Edit mode of our transliteration feature. If you find the character you want in the top row, the corresponding bottom row will give you the alternate letters you need to type to get it.
- There are multiple ways to type many of the characters, indicated by different letters separated by slashes ("/").
- This is a static mapping that applies only in Edit mode. When you are simply typing as usual, a more dynamic, complex algorithm is used to determine the correct characters to use, based on the sound of each overall word.
Some more Information
- The transliteration feature is only supported in Internet Explorer versions 6.0 and higher on Windows (preferably Windows XP), and Firefox 1.5 and higher on Windows and Linux.
- Transliteration requires a live internet connection, as all the transliteration is done on Google's servers and sent back to your browser while you continue typing. If you see a message saying that the transliteration service is unavailable, check your internet connection.