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Russian Keyboard

Duolingo English to Russian course needs a Russian keyboard feature

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JinxLeRai
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I agree. From the lesson interface, I infer that there is supposed to be some sort of built-in Russian keyboard feature, but it doesn't work for me. No matter whether I click the "switch alphabets" button before or after typing, my letters still appear only in English. I already know how to switch my own keyboard over to Russian on my own, but isn't there some Duo-internal method to do this?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cherub721
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Duolingo doesn't have a built in keyboard for this or the Ukrainian course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JinxLeRai
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I see, thank you cherub721! In that case, what is the "switch keyboards" button for?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frivalry
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The "switch" button let's you read Russian words in Cyrillic as well as romanized script.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JinxLeRai
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Ah okay, thanks very much for the explanation, Frenmity :)

2 years ago

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Would be nice if there was a virtual keyboard à la Google Translate, or even this Memrise Cyrillic course:

http://www.memrise.com/course/45001/the-russian-cyrillic-alphabet

Check the Cyrillic course out; it's not long. In any case, while DL is fixing the input functionality, you can type either the script letters or romanized Russian in Google Translate, then copy and paste the Cyrillic rendering.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cherub721
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This add-on is very convenient and has phonetic typing. http://www.benya.com/transliterator/ You toggle on and off with F2.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferSu561763

I have had my students add the Google Input Tools extension. Works well within Duolingo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheSchmiddler

Thank you! So helpful. It made the Russian course much more bearable to use. I installed the phonetic version of the Russian keyboard (Русская клавиатура (фонетический)) to make it easier. Keyboard shortcut makes it very quick to switch keyboards in Chrome.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DougB123
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Hey guys, if you would like to print this one out to keep by your computer or with you when you do your Russian lessons, I found a pretty decent sized one and created a thread about using it. I'll post the keyboard layout here and then the link to the thread right under it.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12440346

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferSu561763

I also agree. I move the slider to activate, but no Russian Keyboard appears. I want to use the Duolingo Schools version, but until this is fixed, it's not my "go to".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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As with the English for Russian speakers course and the Ukrainian for English speakers course, you must use the software keyboard your Operating System provides (see this Wikia) or some add-on substitute.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Duolinguist1998

I have to manually switch my keyboard back and forth between English and Russian, which makes this course a hassle.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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If you use any foreign-language keyboard along with English that's what you have to do. What operating system (linux, Windows, Mac OS) do you use? Each operating system does this differently. (See this.)

You can set up hot keys to make the switch much easier--just a keystroke or two. For instance, to switch to English I hit CTRL-7 and to go to Russian CTRL-8. But I have more than 1 FL keyboard. With only 2 keyboards, total, you can just toggle from one to the other (the default on Windows is CTRL-spacebar, I think). Setting this up is not hard and REALLY worth it, as it makes switching between languages as easy as possible, and it's what you do to set up all other FL keyboards too.

So I'd say definitely go for it. No pain, no gain!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathleen248

Please how do I switch my Russian keyboard over to English ?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BafouillCharabia

From a PC, go to the - settings (configuration panel in english ? ... sorry my PC is in french), - then languages, - change keyboards - a window opens, again : change keyboard - add - click on the + , at the language you wich (russian) - then keyboard - then "russian" - then OK - on the right, bottom of the screen, in the bar, you should find two letters, for example EN for english, or FR for french, or ES for spanish etc. CLick on, RU should appear, choose it, and your keyboard is in cyrillic !

That's gorgeous ! ... But now, you have to learn the cyrillic keyboard wich is completely different.

To begin by this is very hard. Duolingo should propose the ready words all the time, or the letters (as it is for all the special letters in other languages). At least, to the level 8-10.

good luck. Remember, russian is a very common language... you can probably find awesome methods at the library.

5 days ago
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