To add on Ree's: On Windows there's the normal keyboard layout Russians use, and there's the nmemonic layout, which matches the letters by sound. I've found the latter easier to use and helpful to remember letter pronunciation. See more here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-desktop/russian-mnemonic-keyboard-three-letters-missing/6f1faf47-2b13-422a-9faa-30d7d2afa75f?auth=1
When you have many keyboard layouts enabled, you can usually switch between them with either CTRL+SHIFT or WINDOWS KEY+SPACE BAR
I can't tell if you are asking a question or making a statement. It's like saying "we are eating grandma." instead of, "we are eating, grandma." Saying "everything is fine?" sounds like a person is unsure if they are ok. Instead of asking another person a question, for example "is everything fine (/ok/alright)?". That sounds more like a situational question, directed at someone.
Maybe so, but take a look at this Ngram chart:
While both seem to be on the rise, "all right" is still far more prevalent, and not just in books searched by Google. In a search of Google pages, I found 146 million for "all right" and just 121 million for "alright."
Having said that, you might find what I'm about to say next interesting, especially since it supports your point. When I tailored my search to just pull "tweets" -- the thing you call Twitter posts -- an interesting thing occurred. Due to Twitter's 140 character limit, many resort to shorter ways of spelling words to fit a message all in. Perhaps because of this, it shouldn't be too surprising that in the Twitter universe you will find more instances of "alright" than "all right" by about a margin of 1.3 to 1.
How language is used in a medium like Twitter and how that bleeds into other mediums of expression will be interesting as the future unfolds.
German would not work, the Cyrillic character ё is not the same as Latin "e" with an umlaut.
Are you sure there's no Ё in your layout? Do you have a picture of it somewhere? If you use Windows, you can install Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to see your current layout and, if it is necessary, to make a new one based on it.
I use a Mac with OS X. I did some research and typed out every single key -- if anyone needs it, you can view or print it from here:
Привет! I know that in English, asking "Everything good?" and "Is everything OK?" are two very different things, with the latter insinuating a more concerned tone and implying a potential reason to worry. Where does хорошо fit in amongst these two similar inquiries? Is it a concerned question or is it more casual and positive? thanks/спасибо!
The Cyrillic spelling is "хорошо". The latin spelling is trying to stay as close to the original as possible, so they keep any letters that are the same (in this case, "o"). The others are replaced by an approximately equivalent sound. Thus, "р" becomes "r", "ш" becomes "sh", and "х" becomes "kh". A Russian "h" is aspirated from the back of the throat, unlike in English. There's no real way to depict that with the English alphabet, so adding a "k" is as close as they can get.
An alternative to messing with your keyboard that works for me is to use Google Translate. I keep it open on a second page to cut and paste from. I prefer Google to some of the other good Russian keyboard pages because not only does it give you a typing option, but also you can write script, which if you know how to write Russian but are not familiar with their keyboard layout is much less frustrating than zig zagging around to hunt and peck letters. In addition, if you produce anything like the right spelling, Google will usually offer you the correct version. I find that useful at this stage of the course.
It doesn't seem to me that you will learn much by cutting and pasting. I installed a phonetic Russian keyboard on my Mac and can toggle between that and my American Qwerty or Spanish keyboards with one key combo (command+2). Also, I allowed the Keyboard viewer which is a Godsend. It shows the keyboard layout and which keys you are striking so you never have to look under your fingers. The first lessons were painstakingly slow anyway, but at level three I am starting to get the hang of it.