ironlady wrote:This may be oversimplistic, but did you try highlighting the entire column (including the new entries) and going to Tools > Language and setting the language to Chinese? I'd bet someone input the character you copied using a Japanese font or Japanese encoding and now Word is doing what it thinks you want.
Thank you Ironlady. I fixed it by deleting the text in the rows in question and retyping them.
It happened when I used the translate feature built into word 2016. It opens up a pane on the right side with the various translations. I highlighted, copied and pasted the one I wanted.
After that, word told me that I was typing in Japanese and if I would like to install the proofing tools. Then I clicked on the phonics guide and started getting Japanese phonetic symbols from there. I don't see what triggered it. The character I pasted was definitely Chinese. Infact, when I looked up the proper Japanese character for salt, it did not look the same. The Japanese character kind of resembled simplified Chinese.
After deleted and retyped the text, I found that I also can now paste in the words from the built in translation and get the proper phonics guide again. I still would like to know what caused this.
I can't find the menu choices that you were talking about. They seem familiar to me, but I think they are not in Word 2016 anymore.