First time here. I'm excited to be learning Chinese.
I'm trying to find a keyboard or IME for both Windows and Android. I want to be able to type pinyin (with superimposed tones, so that it doesn't look like the word I just typed!) and get pinyin output so I can text or email a pinyin message.
The "pinyin keyboards" I've tested so far let me type the pinyin, but then they give me a list of Chinese characters to select from. This doesn't help me at all, because I don't know enough characters to know which one to choose. I just want to send the pinyin I typed.
Can anyone help me? (It may be that it's possible to do that with the keyboards I have installed, but if so, I need guidance.)