how to make chinese input effect under english enviroment?
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This page should help. It's mostly geared towards Debian users, but you should be able to adjust things for your distro (whatever it is). The secret is basically to set up a utf8 environment in English, then install scim with an appropriate Chinese IME system.
This way, I can switch between Danish and Russian keyboards by pressing both Shift keys. You probably need something similar between English and Chinese. Often, your desktop environment kan do this for you.
Not quite right mjjohansen. While that works for most western languages, CJK have too many characters for a simple keyboard switch. They need a full IME system for inputting characters. I use Japanese all the time, but I never switch keyboard layouts (even though there is a kana keyboard layout available). The IME takes western alphabet combinations and converts them to Japanese characters, so there's generally no need to use a dedicated layout.
It depends a lot on the user though, as some people, especially natives, do like using native language layouts in tandem with IME.