https://www.duolingo.com/TheHockeyist

Ё and transliteration problems.

I do not have a Russian keyboard at the moment, and so I'm having to copy-paste these Russian letters here. Cyrillic FTW. I can't handle romanized text.

I had to type transliterated versions of my answers, and I was trying to type "её" as "yeyo". It didn't work. I tried "eyo", and then apparently I had to type "ee". WHY IS Ё TRANSLITERATED AS "E"?!?!?! IT MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!!!

Also, I will forget the word for "experience" now. :-( I can't handle two alphabets for Russian, especially when one of them is Latin. Cyrillic FTW.

November 26, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/mathcore

then install the russian character set on your computer and turn on the "on-screen keyboard." i taught myself how to type using the armenian, georgian, and russian alphabets all this way. to this day, i still run the on-screen keyboard app in case i forget where a character is on the keyboard. it takes considerably less time to install the keyboard than it does to post about it.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheHockeyist

Well, I have a Russian keyboard at home. I'm not at home currently.

November 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yarjka

It's traditional to transliterate ё as e, that's why you end up with names like Khrushchev and Gorbachev instead of Khrushchyov and Gorbachyov. The main reason being that Russians themselves write е instead of ё.

November 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TheHockeyist

Ugh. Not helpful for learners.

November 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kosmozhuk

But you don't really need Y in KhrushchYov and GorbachYov! What is the function of Y in those? Ё after a consonant gives the O vowel, not YO sound. And the Ч sound in Russian is always soft.

November 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yarjka

Most transliteration systems tend to keep the letters consistent with spelling, rather than pronunciation. Writing it 'Gorbachov' would create Горбачов rather than Горбачёв.

November 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kosmozhuk

Yes, you're right, I confused transliteration with transcription.

November 30, 2015
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