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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sinisa.rudan

Russian letters support needed, pleaseeee

I have seen in almost all languages that I'm learning at Duolingo, that there are buttons with letters special to these languages, so that we don't have to install and use that language's specific keyboard.

Only in Russian, I don't see it. And it really slows me down, to the point that I am willing to give up using Duolingo for Russian :(

Namely, I as a Serb, writing in Serbian Cyrillics alphabet, as well as many others East European people, already using and having cyrillics keyboard. We would prefer these buttons, much more than installing and adjusting ourselves to an additional Cyrillics keyboard. All, what we need are 7 letters ё,ъ,я,ы,ю,э,й,ь specific to Russian cyrillics alphabet.

Please, just support what other Duolingo languages have, so it is not so much extra work, let us know when it is added, and we'll be back to Russian at Duolingo. Thanks in advance :)

January 16, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Norrius

My Linux desktop has this out-of-the-box:

See if your system has something similar, or, rather, the opposite: this one is called “Serbian (Russia)”, but it's actually the Russian layout with Serbian added.

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/natachenka92

I have trouble with the timed practice : it takes me some time to switch the keyboard and I am not able to give the answer in the required time. I think the questions that require to change keyboard or use an emulator should be given more time. It's very frustrating to have a wrong answer when I perfectly knew it.

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lynnda45

Do you know that on some computers you can change languages with keyboad shortcuts? For examples on my computer, I change to russian by pressing windows+Space. I go back by pressing shift+windows+space. This still costs time, but it goes a lot faster.

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Yes, this is correct. Let's hope natachenka92 looks into how to do this on her computer. (For me, to get to the Russian keyboard I press Ctrl+8; and to go to English, Ctrl+7; and to go to French Ctrl+9, etc.; it is possible to choose keys to suit how you type.) This changes keyboards quickly even during timed practice.

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sinisa.rudan

Yes, I've done it same way on Windows, but on Mac no shortcuts for choosing a precise keyboard, so you have to shuffle through all of them. That's why on Mac is an issue adding more and more keyboards, because it slows down your typing if you switch between rapidly, like when writing intensively English and your native language

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

So far, anyway, for me Linux has the same problem as Macs do for you. Rolling through several different languages does not work well, and it can be hard on the thumb joints, too.

It's just recently that I've begun using Linux again (UBUNTU 14.04). I do not recall that "rolling through every keyboard" was a problem for me several years ago, when I used Linux constantly at work. But that was on an earlier version of UBUNTU or on Red Hat. Maybe things have been "improved" into non usability on UBUNTU, or maybe I don't remember properly.

If anyone has a suggestion as to how to set up keyboard-switching shortcut-key combinations on Macs or on (some kind of) Linux as we describe--not shuffling through all the keys, but rather going directly to a particular keyboard setup--please speak up!

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geneven

What I did for a very excellent Android keyboard called MessagEase is remove all the keyboards for languages other than Russian and Spanish. I can make my English comments using the Spanish keyboard and switch instantly to the only other keyboard, the Russian keyboard. Later, when it suits me, I can add back in the other keyboards I use

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Thank you very much geneven for the reply! Please accept some lingots.

That's what I do on Linux too--just have 2 keyboards, English and Russian. I sure would like to have a French AZERTY keyboard too, but I don't like rolling through 3 keyboards, espec. for timed exercises on Duo.

You're definitely right that English works well on a Spanish keyboard. If (on Windows) I accidentally switch to the Spanish keyboard, often I don't even notice, until I try to type a pair of parentheses.

January 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/an_alias

So you're quite uninformed on your choice of operating system. Choose a better one, there will be no more need for confrontation ;)

(I'm joking, I couldn't resist)

January 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xmortyx

This is a great idea! I have thought about how useful it would be as well. I have a Bulgarian keyboard and I do not want to install an additional one on my computer just for three letters which mine does not have - ё, ы, э. I find the buttons for the umlauts and the scharfes S in the German course pretty useful. It is beyond annoying having a ton of keyboards even with the keyboard shortcut. I have no idea why people who are not responsible for the adding of these buttons and it literally has nothing to do with them, get some kind of temper tantrum and decide to attack someone with a reasonable proposition. Smh

January 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sinisa.rudan

Yes. Great points, especially regarding negative attitudes seen in responses. Cheers

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/het_aapje

You can download a Russian keyboard on your computer :) I've done this for both Russian and Serbian.

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Duolingo will not be supplying special keys for a Russian keyboard, as far as we know, the thinking being (it is said) that 33 keys would be too many to display conveniently.

The method to use is to install a Russian keyboard on your device. Instructions for that can be found here. Note the paragraph beginning, "Depending on how the situation unfolds," in case you have not noticed the little Aa/Яя switch.

January 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ifedorusov

Hello, slogger! How did you make a link button ("here") ?

January 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

Hi, ifedorusov. See "LINKS" on this page.

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ifedorusov
January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

A pleasing surprise! :) You're welcome.

January 19, 2016
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