https://www.duolingo.com/gereblye

Cyrillic keyboard

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dear contributors, I'm so happy about the Russian course, I just couldn't wait for it! I have a suggestion though, maybe it'd be helpful for others as well. it'd be super amazing if we had the small cyrillic alphabet on the screen next to the tasks as clickable buttons, or at least those, which the latin doesn't contain. (like in the French duo) It'd make the game much quicker and enjoyable!
when I play with latin I always have these stupid mistakes, like I miss a "h" or a ', and it's kind of annoying since I know the words and also the correct cyrillic spelling, but it just doesn't let me get forward and makes me wanna stop.

I learnt Russian with the cyrillic alphabet and -at least for me- it's much simpler than the converted latin one. I can choose to switch the tasks to cyrillic, I can also choose to change my keyboard's language, but it does not really help in this situation, since 1, switching between English and Russian all the time (the questions are mixed) would kill the joy and the flow of this great game, 2, I'd have to either learn the Russian keyboard or open a new page about it and check it everytime, which would also make the game slower since I learn the language itself and the words as well at the same time.

so that is my problem and I'd be soooo delighted if you could help! you guys all rock anyway, thank you for making this happen and keep up the good work!:)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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On a computer, you can set up keyboard shortcuts to make switching between keyboards quick and easy. For typing in Cyrillic, you can always print up a piece of paper with the keyboard on it, or shrink the browser and pull up a picture. I personally agree with you, but these might help if they don't put on an on-screen keyboard or until they do. Also, learning to type on a Cyrillic keyboard might not be a bad idea anyway, since on-screen keyboards are slow and not always available.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gereblye
gereblye
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thanks I know, but it's not that comfortable. I just shared this idea, maybe they like it, it would be so much better!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LoadedTrucker

Switching keyboards is a matter of pressing a single shortcut combination. I would rather do that back and forth than take my hands away from the keyboard to click the mouse.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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> 1, switching between English and Russian all the time (the questions are mixed) would kill the joy and the flow of this great game,

It hasn't killed it for me or for plenty of others.

If you want to communicate in Russian online, anywhere else but on Duo (If it had such a keyboard), you'll need to be able to enter text easily. You may as well learn how to do it now. This post or this wikia will show you what you need to do. As A_User said, it is very easy to flip from one keyboard to another by using shortcut keys. Once your computer is setup properly you'll be good to go.

> 2, I'd have to either learn the Russian keyboard or open a new page about it and check it everytime, which would also make the game slower since I learn the language itself and the words as well at the same time.

Yes, well, if you are serious rather than just wanting to play around, that is what you will have to do at some point. It's not really very difficult.

Ask yourself this: What will take less time? 1) waiting for Duo to implement something they probably have no intention of implementing, or 2) learning to use a Cyrillic keyboard yourself?

Best of luck! Ask questions if you need help.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Geniellamas

Do you have Windows 10? If you do you can easily download the Russian language pack and choose RUM or RU keyboards and switch easily from English to Russian.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gereblye
gereblye
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no, I don't have, thanks anyway

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lasoufriere

I agree that having some keys would be useful, but it seems like you just need to double down and confront using the Russian keyboard. It's not as terrible as you think, as long as you give yourself some practice.

Try checking your settings or preferences, and see which buttons allow you to switch between languages. Personally, I use the phoentic Russian AATSEEL keyboard, because I have to think less about the keys. Sure, there are some letters that I have to train myself to know, but it's not so bad. On my computer (I have a Chromebook), I can press CTRL + Space to switch back and forth my two most recent languages.

I'd recommend checking yours out and giving it one last go. It might not bother you after a few tries.

3 years ago
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