Who Else Wants a Printable Russian Keyboard Layout?
Before anything, thank you and congratulations to the Duolingo Russian team for creating an excellent course as well as providing all the useful resources you provided to help make progressing through the course as easy as possible. (If you didn't already check out the amazing guidance and resources Shady_arc already provided you should check it out here: => https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11449014
With that out of the way, I noticed a few people on the forums here expressing frustration with locating the correct keys while working your Russian lessons.
I found this graphical representation of where the Russian letter keys are on a regular Latin alphabet keyboard and so I thought I'd share it here in case anyone else finds it useful.
First you need to download and install the (Russian) "language pack" to your computer for your operating system so you can toggle between the two.
(For example, I'm using Windows, so I just had to search for "Windows Updates" on my computer and then find the Russian language pack to download and install it. Installation only took a couple of minutes.)
This way, you can just click on the "Russian" in your notification tray and then the keys on your keyboard will match the ones in the image below. (Be sure to switch from the standard Latin/English alphabet symbol to the Russian one when working your lessons and be aware you'll want to remember when to switch back and forth between Cyrillic and Latin (Russian and English) on your keyboard depending on if the particular question in your DuoLingo Russian lesson is asking you to type in Russian or English.)
When you want to switch back to English from Russian or from English to Russian, you just click the same place on your notification tray and choose either English or Russian depending on which one you want to use at the moment and it's done instantly.
There are already some great resources in other threads but I didn't see the exact image of where the keys to the Russian letters on the English keyboard was on any of them (except for some that were too small to see without squinting) so I thought maybe we could add this one to the other resources if you think people would find it helps them find the keys and learn the alphabet more quickly and easily.
(The image is licensed for free use under GNU Free Documentation License.)
I hope this helps you if you were stuck.
Thank you. I've also found that using the onscreen keyboard on Windows has been a big help.
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If you have a windows computer, try looking for the phonetic keyboard. With the phonetic keyboard i can write almost as fast in cyrillic as i can in latin letters, so it is really worth it to look into. When you go under language settings, pick the one that says Russian - mnemonic. I don't know if you need an updated version of windows to get it, though...
A phonetic keyboard sounds really good, but in this case, which a differente writing is used, I guess both of them must be used.
Спасибо! Spasibo! Good tip with the onscreen keyboard.
I found one for Windows here:
While I was testing it out, an idea came to me that it might be good practice to have a video where the speaker pronounces each letter in order open in a separate window while you have the onscreen keyboard open.
Then we can make a "game" out of it by finding and typing each letter as the speaker pronounces it until we are familiar with where each letter key is on the keyboard.
I'm thinking not only would it be good practice with learning where the letters are through repetition, but we'd probably also get better acquainted with each letter's pronunciation.
Done enough times, it could be an easy way to learn the Cyrillic alphabet so well we could eventually type in Russian without looking at the keys, just like English.
The first time I downloaded the language pack and realized I didn't know where each letter was without having to look it up or type each key until the right one appeared, it started to feel as if I might have bit off more than I could chew. But with the keyboard image and the Windows onscreen keyboard, as well as the videos with the speaker pronouncing each letter in order, I'm becoming more confident that with time, it might not prove to be too difficult after all. :)
you can also buy stickers with the Russian letters and glue them on the keyboard
I thought about this but in the last minute I decided to get blank stickers instead. This way i can learn to touch type without looking right from the start (and force myself to do it an all other languages too). I still have a reference image of the russian layout on another "space" and this slows down my typing a little, but typing speed is not whats keeping me down anyway :)
what's the point of blank stickers, isn't that the same thing as no stickers?
Yes it's the same as no stickers but I also get the (argumented) advantages of a blank keyboard when typing in other languages.
you mean the stickers cover the letters?
Practical tip for Windows users: you can also cycle through your language configurations with Alt+Shift.