Typing in Russian?
What is a good way to type Russian with a computer which has English (US) windows installed in it?
Is there a transliteration keyboard software of some kind? (I use the Avro keyboard to type in Bengali)
Or is there a better way?
You can download and install Russian keyboard settings from Microsoft and change to it whenever you want to use it (that is what I have done to write in other languages in the past). You would need to find a diagram online though to see which keys are where!
However it doesn't work as well for windows 10 as it changes the language of the whole computer by default, not just the keyboard.
But that's the problem. Unless the keys on my keyboard have the Cyrillic letters printed on them, I don't see how I'd learn them all. Any suggestions?
Once you get the keyboard set up, it's easy, and setting it up should not be difficult.
Learning to type in Cyrillic: There are two keyboard layouts for Russian: "standard" and "homophonic" (or "student"). The student keyboard is easier to learn, but the standard one is not difficult to learn over a couple of-three weeks, and it is probably slightly more available at this point. Also, it and the Ukrainian keyboard are very similar, should you want to branch out into Ukrainian.
Once you have a keyboard chosen and installed, you can hunt and peck or learn to touch type.
You do not need keyboard stickers or a dedicated hardware keyboard (with the Cyrillic and English letters embossed on the keys), although both are pretty neat. Look through some of these links for the several ways to go about learning where the Cyrillic keys are (i.e., how to type). post 1, post 2, post 3. If you have questions, ask.
FWIW, I type on the Standard keyboard. and think it's great. But the student keyboard is easier to learn. You can learn using no typing program or stickers or special hardware (that's what I did) so no extra investment is needed..
Definitely learn to type in Cyrillic. If you really want to be good at Russian, Latin alphabet transliteration will not be good enough.
You can pick up a pack of keyboard Cyrillic key stickers very cheap online!
It may have been something in my settings that was changing the system language every time i switched keyboard, I didn't investigate it too thoroughly!
Ah, sorry, I didn't realize you had this issue, I only replied to slogger's comment. I was able to just determine the keyboards on Windows 10 and then simply switch between them.
But at the moment I can't even open the Settings, so I can't check what should be checked and what should be unchecked (if you forgive my pun)...
I've had a mess around with the settings and you can just change the keyboard without everything becoming Russian!