https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Wow, I have to pat myself on the back

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...because I kept watching for the Russian course to come out in beta. I was on it the day it did... I was the 48th person to sign up! Already there are 24,200 learners!

Now for a question -- is there any convenient way to switch from an English keyboard to a cyrillic one? I am using the drop-down menu at the top of my MacBook. It's rather slow and cumbersome to continually switch back and forth, especially if you are doing timed practice.

11/7/2015, 5:51:23 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/slycelote
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I don't know about Mac, but Windows and Linux have hotkeys for switching between languages, usually Alt+Shift or Ctrl+Shift. I think Macs have something like Cmd+Space, just look it up in your keyboard preferences.

11/7/2015, 6:26:45 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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Thank you, slycelote, you were right. Have a lingot!

11/7/2015, 2:47:16 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/NerysGhemor

Windows 8.1 uses Windows Key + Space, if you have both keyboards installed.

11/7/2015, 7:02:22 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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I am used to my MacBook Pro, but just got a new PC at work with Windows 8, so I'll have to learn how to navigate it (sigh). Thanks for the info!

11/7/2015, 2:49:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain000

You can change the shortcut key to anything you want, I have mine on the Apple key + 0.

To change it, just click the flag st the top right, as you would to change language but click 'open keyboard preferences' then press 'shortcuts' then press 'input sources' and where it says 'select the previous input shorce' double click the shortcut key found on the right, and then type whatever you want the new shortcut key to be. For example hold down the apple key and 0 at the same time for the setting I have. I believe the default option is Apple key and space bar, but I didn't like that. You can change it to anything you wish.

11/7/2015, 12:36:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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Thanks! It took me a while, but I did figure it out.

11/7/2015, 2:46:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain000

Your welcome, good luck in your Russian!

11/7/2015, 4:52:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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Wow. Very, very cool. I wish I had seen this before the advice above, which helped me know there was a solution but required me to experiment around until I discovered it. Your article really spells it out, and helped me find another really useful thing - the keyboard and symbol viewers. Thanks!

Here, take a few lingots.

11/7/2015, 4:59:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jbusike
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If you go here https://incubator.duolingo.com/ they update the number more often. Its actually like 35.5k learners

11/7/2015, 7:29:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

A friend of mine was the 47th! Super close! Also, amazing job signing up quickly.

11/7/2015, 5:51:48 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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That is a funny coincidence! And you aren't going to learn Russian too, together with your friend?

11/7/2015, 5:54:49 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

I'm thinking of it. My mom speaks Russian and I'm sure she could help me with it, but it seems very complicated. I'm going to finish my French tree first and then I'll try it. :) :)

11/7/2015, 5:56:37 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Norrius
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So were dozens of other people.

When the course was opened, the counter froze at 47 for some reason.

11/7/2015, 5:47:13 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/EricaHarley

Oh, really? That's sad. :(

11/7/2015, 6:21:17 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain000

Do you know if it's possible to check what number learner you were? Or it's only possible to see it once when you start the course? I am interested to know what number I was as I think I might be in the first 10.

11/7/2015, 1:15:21 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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If you find out, let me know. At the moment I opened the page that morning, it said there were 47 learners. I wish I had taken a screenshot of it! Try writing to the course contributors, for example Shady Arc.

11/7/2015, 2:51:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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Thanks... oh well. We can still pat ourselves on the back for having started the very first day, even if there was a tie between hundreds of people for being #47 or #48!

11/7/2015, 7:02:13 PM
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