The other day I was chatting with a Chinese speaker I met through Hellotalk, and wanted to type the character for woman (女), but didn’t know how.
The pinyin for this character happens to be [nü], and I didn’t know how to input the u umlaut (ü) on my phone.
I tried several variations such as [ny], [nuu], [nue] (the way that ü is represented in German when u umlaut is unavailable), and [nui], but none of these worked.
Obviously I also tried pressing and holding the “u” key to see if the u umlaut would show up, but it didn’t. Normally in regular English character mode, pressing and holding the “u” key will show multiple options such as [ü], [ú], [ù], and [û]. But none of these options showed when I tried long pressing the “u” key in the Chinese input mode.
Well, I asked this same person I was chatting with and another Chinese speaking person how to input the umlaut u key, and learned that you have to use the [v] key to input the u umlaut.
If you type “Nv” –> you will see 女 among the available characters.
Hope that was helpful for those of you learning Mandarin! 加油! 🙂