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No embedded Russian virtual keyboard

I am curious why an embedded virtual keyboard, such as included in Spanish, French, and Italian, is not included in Russian. Granted the Romance ones are only the diacritics and Russian would need to be the entire alphabet, but it would certainly fit. Having it embedded would save us from having to constantly flip our keyboards back and forth between the two alphabets.

November 3, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-..--..-.-.-.-

Set a hotkey for flipping, problem solved


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jgstcd

Switching from typing to clicking takes time. Even for languages based on the Latin alphabet I don't use the accented letters duo provides. They only save time in the short term. In the long term you're better off learning to use only the keyboard.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

> Granted the Romance ones are only the diacritics and Russian would need to be the entire alphabet, but it would certainly fit.

It would be hell to type on, that's for sure. The best thing to do is to install a Cyrillic keyboard (they come with your operating system) and learn to touch type on it, either specially or as you go along. There were lots of posts about this (installing/using Cyrillic keyboards) yesterday, so take a look.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandallMiles

I am using the Cyrillic keyboard included with my system, and since I find using the virtual easier than trying to learn to touch-type in Russian I am using the virtual included in my OS. It still requires that I switch from English to Russian and back again several times per lesson. I understand that many people don't mind that. I'm simply saying that I do. Having an embedded virtual keyboard would not preclude anyone from using the regular keyboard, just as someone could flip their keyboard to French to type the diacritics in French.

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