On PC, it's quite easy. Just go to settings, navigate to Time and Language, and add another language to Windows(works for any version of Windows, if you are on a different OS, just search up how to do it on that OS). Once you have more than one, you can just make your way down to the 3-letter code or code in another script and click "Language Preferences" to add another.language.Use Windows Key+Space Bar to switch between languages quickly. It has all worked very well for me, and dare I say, even better than on Android.or Apple.
if you have windows 7 (might work with 8) you can click on the two letters in your system tray that indicates what language your keyboard is in, and choose settings and add a russian keyboard. Then go to "advanced key settings" and choose a key combination to switch between your keyboard language. Then to actually see what you are typing enable "on-screen keyboard", you can find it by searching for it in the start menu. The name is dependent on your OS language, so if you don't have english OS just look for what it would be in your language.
Google has an amazing English-to-russian keyboard. You'll need to have an EN keyboard. For example, mine is in portuguese. I've just add the english and still using portuguese. When I switch to russian, I type the phonetic transcription and it turns to russian when I press space!
PS: You'll need the english keyboard thing just because it in theory pick letters from english to RUS, so even if it's the same thing in another keyboard, you'll need to do it.
PS2: You can put shortcuts to alternate swiftly between keyboard. Mine are control+shift+ ... (1) - Portuguese (2) - Japanese (3) - Russian Hope it help :)
so you would have all letters but A E O K M T on your interface?
that's why they are telling you how to switch your keyboard, which makes a lot more sense
I bet many would THEN nargle for H being N, or press a B because it's not a V.. or is it? .. huh? Russian has no Y, what is it doing here? :P
and so on.. or the confusion of I J or not to mention those below you might as well: yes:
well allright, you -could- add those letters that are out of bound(arie)s and have their unique sounds such as
ж х ц ч ш щ э ю я
and the "softeners" ъ ы ь
(see I left out the D L G and so on because they are no "unique combinations", they just look different.. just like you could take that X for a(n) H or the JU/JA)
so maybe they -could- add those "sound letters" just like other languages have their unique combinations added
so that no one has to argue whether it's -sz- or -zhe- for a Ж for example
but you can't expect them to make a whole alphabet that has more than 25/26 letters fit below the line there.. and still be handy especially on a mobile phone
Yes, It's supposed to be pronounced like "Ya" in "Yacht" or "Yard": http://www.alphadictionary.com/rusgrammar/pronounc.html
I've noticed that things are being pronounced differently in the sentence and on their own, so I'm going to reference this site if I'm ever unsure.
That's why I use a transliterating keyboard. It's just easier to type 'ja' and get 'я'. Or 'jo' for 'ё', 'zh' for 'ж', and so on. No hunt and peck. The best would be to use the Russian keyboard layout, of course, but the hunt and pecking doesn't really help when you're learning the language.
You can use google IME, download the russian version.
Select the option RU at your keyboard preference(next to your clock, notifications, volume, etc)
PS: you NEED to have an english keyboard installed. Mine is portuguese, but I needed to download an "english" keyboard since the russian keyboard make a conversion english -> Russian. For example, you tipe dom and it turns it to "дом" when you press space or enter. You can also make shortcuts. For example, mine are ctrl+shift+ (1) for portuguese / (3) for russian :)
I have installed a Russian keyboard and I have this little covers for my actual keyboard with Cyrillic letters on it. I'm Dutch, by the way. So it's interesting to follow a discussion about the pronunciation. I only started last week and I still have problems with the alphabet ;-(
Its a lot simpler if you guys use this app on your phone, you can easily swap languages on your keyboard on the go by dragging the spacebar left/right, provided you have set the keyboard set to support it. To do that hold the "?" Button to go to your keyboard settings, and then select "add input languages", and then scroll down till you find "Русский" :)
I see all the time on this app about pronunciation. Have any of you tried other app or even translators. I'm going from English (british english ) to Russian. So many times the same word is pronounced differently by different speakers. I just go with what ever it takes to get a pass on the level.