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Clicking on accents or typing them with ALT codes?

I'm curious as to how everybody inputs circumflexes and umlauts into their translations for practice. I find myself using ALT codes for some that I am familiar with (i.e. é, è, à, ç, ê, etc.), but for others, I click on the buttons located below the input box. Do you think it would be useful for Duolingo to have some sort of (optional) feature to make adding accents quicker, or do you believe it is already very simple to add them in?

There are already quite a few shortcuts, I'm aware, and I'm sure we could easily search up the codes ourselves, but what do you think?

4 years ago

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Normally I would use English International Keyboard Layout to input those accent mark. It is very fast and easy -- if you want é, you just type single quote key and e. It works on this discussion forum but it doesn't work on the lesson in the web. I don't know why.

Edit: In addition in Windows, you may install many keyboard layouts and change the switch key sequence to shift-alt with some other keys to switch between them. I recommend to use shift-alt with numeric keys. For example, the most frequently used language -- for me US international -- would be shift-alt 0. I use shift-alt 1 for my own native language, shift-alft 2 for Chinese, shift-alt 3 for Japanese, and so on. For a while of using, In this way every languages will be easily to be access and it will become your nature. You will find US International completes almost additional accent character as many people recommended.

4 years ago

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US International works fine for me!

4 years ago

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I would recommend installing the language keyboard.

I have a Mac, so with the international keyboard I can make all the necessary symbols in Spanish, French, and German without switching keyboards, so the only extra keyboards I actually have installed are Chinese and Russian.

4 years ago

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I actually just made a guide for adding a keyboard layout that has easy access to accented characters:

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1290877

But yes, I think Duolingo should implement something like that themselves. In fact, I think they'll have to for languages like Russian, Greek, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EinStudent

That's great, thanks for sharing that resource! I will try it out sometime soon.

I agree. I've seen Japanese and Mandarin in the incubator, both languages with too many characters to put on buttons. I was considering ways they would respond to this: Pinyin, maybe, or providing us with the characters and making us arrange them in the correct order to form proper sentences.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mbisson
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I only input accents on the phone (where they keyboard makes it easy). On the web, I have no idea what the key sequences are for accented letters. For a while I used the buttons, but with the timed practice, it's too slow. Now I just ignore the accents altogether and (happily) Duolinguo accepts my answers -- not ideal, though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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I use the appropriate keyboard layout for the language -- it takes a little getting used to at first (especially in French) but if you're planning on completing your tree the time investment is well worth it. At the very least you should use something like the US-international layout which will let you type accents with only a couple of keypresses.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I have my (windows) keyboard set up for Spanish. I don't know how the other language specific keyboards work, but with the Spanish keyboard layout, I can do any accent by typing the '[' key followed by the vowel.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quicollach

My keyboard (Spanish) allows me all accents, ñ, umlauts and circumflexes, only German ß is missing but I easily do it with ALT+225. However it's a question of habitude, I'm sure using the buttons below the input box would be faster. Can't think of a faster or simpler way than these buttons unless your keyboard itself has the symbols. Anyway in my opinion it's not a good idea to drop the accents even if DL accepts the sentences that way.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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I think buttons are the slowest way to go. Anytime I have to take my fingers off of the keyboard, on to a mouse (or touch pad) mouse over to a button, click it, recenter my fingers for typing... phew... keyboard shortcuts are definitely the way to go (more so if you can mostly avoid ALT codes.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alsocass

I type the alt keys using my standard keyboard. My reasoning is that I want to learn to be able to type the accents regardless of what computer I am using.

I keep a printout on my desk so I can check.

4 years ago