"Dima, this is Tim."
Translation:Дима, это Тим.
Check your "Language and Input" settings, which you may find in Settings->Extended Settings. There, list of keyboards used is given -- tap the one you prefer (in case you have several; for me it's Swipe) and proceed to its vocabulary settings. There, an option to add new languages is what you seek. sry for english
The location of the letters will depend if you installed a Phonetic keyboard(where the keys mostly correspond with their closest latin counterpart) or the ЙЦУКЕН keyboard (which is Russia's most commonly used keyboard layout). If you installed the ЙЦУКЕН, this site is a very good resource for learning how to touch type in Russian. To use the site for Russian, you must go to the settings, click on the "Keyboard Layout" settings and select the Russian keyboard. Good Luck!
I have that for years (Windows includes it), but still i can't memorize it. I can type at full speed with turkish, that was much easier to memorize (it is basically just a standard qwerty with some extra). The thing i've tried to suggest is that maybe you could somehow help the newbies somehow about the typing part. By the way i know that the alphabet is the easiest part, while most of the outsiders find that the hardest :) Also i could never use the "english phonetic" writing, Hungarian is just much better for that :D
To fix this you need to press settings and make sure you are in the ""Learning Mode" settings. You will find two sliders next to eachother. The one on the right says "Expand Alphabet Size". Slide it all the way to the right and it should allow any letters in the alphabet. Hope this helps! :)
Э is like "e" in "well". Е, when isolated, is pronounced like the English word "yeah".
If Е is after a consonant, two things happen:
- Е gives you the sound of "e" in "set", same as Э (OK, about the same)
- the preceding consonant gets "palatalized", which means that the middle of your tongue is raised while articulating it (compare сэр "sir" to серый "grey"). Try to pronounce "eeeeeh" (like in reed, see, weed) and feel how little space there is between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. That's the feeling you are aiming for.
In Russian palatalization is usually referred to as "softening", and we call consonants "soft" and "hard". This is way shorter that palatalized and non-palatalized.
In words of foreign origin Е often means Э, actually. A few examples:
- менеджер (Ж is perma-hard consonant,)
Unstressed э and е both change to something like "i" in "pit" or "ee" in "meet" (at the beginning of a word е becomes "yeeh", retaining a bit of its initial "y" sound).
Great to know! BTW, I note that for those using Chrome, if you just go to Settings > Customize fonts, you can customize the Sans Serif font to "Segoe script" for a pretty good cursive, similar to what Shady_arc found above. Believe me, it's tough at first, but obviously it must get to be second nature before long...
You can add/remove languages and keyboard layouts in your Settings or Control Panel. On Windows, it is in Time, Region and Language. On mobile devices, it is usually in System → Keyboard/Input settings or something like that.
If you already have at least two languages, Windows displays a language bar in the right part of your task bar. You can access language settings quickly from there.
In this day and age, your PC already has support for all major languages.
- Windows 10: it is in Settings( Control Panel) → Time and Language → Language
- Windows 7: check Control Panel → Clock, Language and Region → Keyboards and Languages → Change Keyboards .
Windows 10 and Mac OS have phonetic layouts in case you do not have a Russian keyboard and do not want to memorise the standard layout (йцукен). Windows 7 does not have one but you can download it (Microsoft lets users create custom layouts).
(on phones/tablets it is usually not as hidden; the layout is also not an issue)
https://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/languages/europe/cyrillic/cyrillicchart/ Link to a list of Russian letter codes for use with a keyboard.
You will need to type these out in Word first if you go this route, then copy and paste into Duolingo because apparently the app is not friendly to alt codes.
Also, if you go this route, you will require a number pad on your keyboard.
The easiest solution is to add a Russian keyboard if you're on a Windows operating system.
Windows 10 - Go to "Settings." Go to "Time and Language." Go to "Language." Click "Add a preferred language." Add Russian. Next to date and time you can now swap between ENG and РУС (Russian) by clicking the ENG icon next to the date and time on the lower right hand corner of the screen. If you are using an English physical keyboard, you will likely want to use a virtual keyboard. Go to "Settings." Go to "Ease of Access." Scroll down on the left side of the screen to "Interaction" and click on "Keyboard." Turn "Use the On-Screen Keyboard" on and you will be provided with a clickable keyboard.
Not sure. St. Timothy (the writer of that Bible book) is a saint venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, from which most of the Russians are from. I guess they are just giving us a much easier name to spell. Some Russian name tend to be actually longer, like Alexander, Nikolai, or Anastasia. Or maybe "Tom, Tim tam." just sounds a little bit funny to them.
This is a decent guide for available Keyboard layout for Mac Users: http://www.russian.ucla.edu/beginnersrussian/student/translit-keyboard-handout-2007.pdf
Is it a Ukrainian keyboard? By the way, if you are working on Windows, then you can ask Windows to show you what is that keyboard you installed right there in the keyboard options window (select a keyboard and click "Properties").
You can also creat you personal layout here: http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/#/
I found it yesterday. Just imagine — no else one will be able to type in Russian on your computer fast! :)
For anyone having troubles with learning the Russian keyboard you could do what I'm doing here http://i.imgur.com/Wp8kjIT.png I took a screenshot of the Russian keyboard layout and have it next to my Duo window. I am also learning the alphabet more easily by doing this together, personally I think it helps and works well. Just like with any keyboard you've learned you'll pick it up naturally after repetition.