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Russian - Alphabet question

Hi, I would really like to start the Russian course. I know a bit Russian, but I have severe difficulties in reading Russian words in Latin letters. I cannot start the course with "normal" (Russian) letters. How do I switch to Russian letters right away? Thank you! Frauke

November 4, 2015

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

There's a blue icon with letters "Aa" on it, above on the screen when you start a lesson. Click on it and it will turn to Cyrillic. :)

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

Yes, I read about this icon, but it's not on my screen :(

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Aww :/ That's so strange! Are you on by mobile? If yes, as I know, the icon there doesn't show up, only when you're on by PC.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

Got it! I had been looking for the icon BEFORE clicking at the lesson. Thank you!

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Good job! :) And you're welcome.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236

Did you check the top left? Becuase that's where is would be

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Creativewan

I do not see the Cyrillic letters (to type answers in the response field) on my laptop screen. Is this because Russian just came out in beta? Can the Cyrillic letters not be typed out yet or if it's just my screen I can't view them on?

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

I can change my keyboard to Russian letters - "outside" duolingo on my laptop via "configuration". (Sorry I am not good at explaining this, English is not my native language.)

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Creativewan

Your English is good Siebenraben. I understand exactly what you are saying, thank you for your assistance.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/temrix

They have not included any like in other courses. Get yourself a Cyrillic keyboard (preferably in the settings of your system). I prefer to use a phonetic keyboard where when you type the Latin letter on your keyboard the equivalent Cyrillic keyboard is written.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

Could you tell me how I might get a phonetic keyboard for mac? As my Russian keyboard is not phonetic and it's driving me crazy after only one lesson.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/temrix

I don’t use a Mac but maybe someone other can help you! On the mobile phone I am pretty used now to not have a phonetic keyboard layout for Russian but on the computer I could not type with a non-phonetic layout.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RobinV.

On a Mac, go to System Preferences, Language & Text. You ought to be able to mark which keyboards you'd like to have available. There is Russian and also Russian-Phonetic. (Along with ~800 others!!) Then, in the upper right of your screen, you can choose which of your marked keyboards you want to use. (Russian-Phonetic looks like a Russian flag with a small blue diamond on the side.)

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

Wow - I found a lot of option there - unfortunately no Russian - phonetic - maybe I should try an update.

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Creativewan

I will find out how to change my keyboard when I am practicing Russian. Thank you both for your responses!

November 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/siebenraben

Then just a short question to you as a native speaker: What sounds more "native-like": configuration or settings of your system? Thank you in advance.

November 4, 2015
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