The accents on words
My computer does not have the accents for the letters either nor for the proper sound of the "n" as used in nino. If one would look under the lesson prompt there is first the group of capitol letters that need special attention and as one is clicked the next group is for lower case letters. .
Part of the A Guide to finding Duolingo Guides series http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938, this section covers the installation of other keyboard layouts, and keyboard shortcuts for special characters.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. WINDOWS 7
2. MAC OS
4. KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS FOR SPECIAL CHARACTERS
5. CUSTOM KEYBOARD LAYOUTS
Here is a step-by-step on how to enable other keyboard layouts on Windows 7:
1. Go to the Start Menu:
2. Click "Control Panel":
3. In the second column, under the heading "Clock, Language, and Region", click the first sub-heading under it that says "Change keyboards or other input methods"
4. Click "Change keyboards..."
5. Click "Add..."
6. (check mark the languages you want)
7. On the "Add Input Language" window, click "OK"
8. On the "Text Services and Input Languages" window, click "Apply"
9. Then, on that same window, click "OK"
Note: If this not how your layout looks for Windows 7, see Usagiboy7's post below
From Apple's site(http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5140):
1. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
2. From the View menu, choose Language & Text.
3. Click the Input Sources tab.You should see a window similar to this:
4. To enable a different language's input source, select the checkbox next to any input source you want to use.
5. To show the Input menu at the right side of the menu bar, select "Show input menu in menu bar".
6. The Input menu contains all the enabled language input sources you selected so you can easily switch between them.
7. Use "Input Source options" to select whether you want to use the same input source in all documents, or if you want to use different input sources in different documents.
8. You can use the shortcuts to switch between your selected input sources. If your portable Mac supports Trackpad Handwriting, the Trackpad Handwriting shortcut is also available. You can turn Trackpad Handwriting on and off using the shortcut.
Note: This may be out of date.
This article will show you how change the keyboard layout in Gnome, but this should work on any distribution that has Gnome set as the desktop environment.
1. Open Keyboard preferences. From the System menu, select Preferences, and then Keyboard from the submenu.
2. Select Layouts. In the resulting window, select the Layouts tab
3. Click +Add. Select your preferred keyboard layout by country or by language.
- Look at the virtual keyboard and see if it matches your keyboard's layout.
- When you find the layout you need, click +Add.
4. In the Keyboard Preferences window click on Layout options.
5. Change your keyboard-switching hot key. In the Key(s) to change layout sub-menu select the what key combination would you like to use to quickly switch between layouts.
And, if you don't want to change your keyboard layout, check out these guides to shortcuts for various characters:
- Windows and Mac OS: http://www.nouilles.info/keyboard_shortcuts.html
- International layout: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/keyboard-shortcuts-for-international-characters-HP005186562.aspx
- Ubuntu: http://www.ohbuntu.blogspot.com/2010/02/quickly-type-special-characters-ubuntu.html and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GtkComposeTable
Custom Keyboard Layouts
On Windows, you can download this (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665.aspx) from Microsoft and it will let you design your own keyboard layout.
For more instructions on how to do that, see this (http://superuser.com/questions/496195/how-to-add-a-custom-keyboard-layout-to-widows-7)
If there is a way to do this for other OSes, let me know and I'll add it.
Also, if your OS wasn't included and there are any major differences from the ones above tell me and I will edit that in.
Edit: I'm removing the other Ubuntu guide in favor of a WIkiHow one, if anyone is interested here is the old one: http://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-foreign-language-input-in-ubuntu/
Updated to show what worked for me when I wanted a keyboard that could type special characters like ñ, í, é, ú, ó, á, ¿, for Spanish.
I'm also on Windows 7, and my options look slightly different. I went to Start Menu - Control Panel. From there I needed to go to Regions and Languages (circled in green with a green star next to it.) See first screen shot below.
1. Screen shot of my control panel If someone's control panel looks like mine,
DON'T go to Keyboard or Windows Live Language Settings (which I circled in some kind of orange or yellow). Those can mess you up if you don't know what you're doing.
If you can't find it, click your start menu and use the search bar (pictured in the second screen shot below).
2. Alternative option: Using the search bar
3. Then I picked my keyboard in these three steps. Notice that I've outlined the first window you'll see in pink. Once you click the first green circled option, another window will pop up where you can see options 2-4.
Hi, is this the screen you get when you click on control panel?
If so in the second column, under the header "Clock, Language, and Region", the first sub-heading in blue should say "Change keyboard and other input methods".
Thank you for the screen shot Seth_H!
I'm glad we have screen shots of both versions up. Mine doesn't look anything like what you've got, for some reason. =/ Weird stuff like this is always happening to me. :P The good news is, I suspect I'll finally be able to type the diacritical marks. I've resisted installing a new keyboard up until this point because it seemed complicated and I was getting lost. Your instructions were simple and awesome and helped me to give it another try. Thanks!
I love having another keyboard. Right now I have English, German, and Korean, and it has proved to be incredibly useful
Edit: Also, thanks for the Japanese guide below, does that guide show how to make Kanji, because as far as I know Windows doesn't have that capability, I'm using the Microsoft IME layout and here are my options:
- Full-width Katakana
- Full-width Alphanumeric
- Half-width Katakana
- Half-width Alphanumeric
Well, goodness, I'm still confused (and I just learned that fuddled is a word, and that it doesn't describe my present state LOL). I still can't get all of the extra characters.
I changed from Spanish/US-International to Spanish/Latin-American and I got this ñ but none of the a, e, i, o, u's with the little sideways ' mark above them.
To use your Japanese keyboard to text Kanji, you'll want to select Hiragana.
To practice moving between Hiragana and Kanji try typing the word TABERU (no caps needed). It should come out with the following hiragana たべる
To convert the kana (in this case Hiragana) into Kanji, once you finish typing TABERU, hit the space bar (There should be a drop down menu to select from various kanji options.)
Once you've selected the kanji you want (食べる) from the list, hit the enter key
If you don't want the hiragana to turn into kanji, don't hit the space bar and just hit the enter key straight away.
Congrats! Your keyboard is working, and as a bonus, you've learned the verb "to eat" in Japanese! :D
Ima, chokoreeto ga nomitai desu.
Now, I want to drink chocolate.
Are these all the characters you need ñ, í, é, ú, ó, á, ¿, etc.
If so, go to Spanish(Spain, International Sort) and check the first keyboard check-box that says Spanish, and on that layout to make the sideways mark press your usual apostrophe button and then press any letter that you want the mark appear to over. ñ is the semi-colon button and ¿ is shift+"=" minus the quotes. Sorry if I'm not using the proper name for things; I know nothing about Spanish.
Edit: thanks for the Japanese help.
Edit 2: You might lose some characters you normally have on that layout, mostly punctuation marks, but you should be able to find most of it if you play around with it.
Edit 3: For anyone interested, those little marks fall into the category of diacritics(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacritic), more specifically accents, the specific one in this case is called an acute(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_accent).
Edit 4: Edited for correctness
PS for the diacritical marks with the sideways mark above it á í ú é ó, it´s the apostraphy, rather than the comma :)
This is a gem! I've added a link to this discussion in A Guide for Duolingo Guides http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938 (So please don't delete your keyboard tips discussion)
And for future reference, for when the Japanese for English speakers course gets here, Tofugu has 3 step by step instructions (with visuals) guides for installing the Japanese keyboard 1 for Windows7, 1 for Mac, 1 for Ubuntu. Go here http://www.tofugu.com/guides/ and scroll down to the heading Japanese Tools and Tech Guides.
(And to tack a note on for storage in a safe place, I originally posted about those tools and more for beginner Japanese language learners here: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/978982)
You shouldn't have to download it. It should be one of your keyboard layout options for most languages. I would try it; the shortcuts are a lot quicker than most other layouts, the page with those shortcuts is linked in my main post.
Note: If you are typing special characters particularly often than you are probably better off switching to the keyboard layout for your chosen language.
For some reason I thought Seth_H had created this thread. (A many thanks to amateurgardener! I apologize if we've taken over your thread. If you'd like us to move, please just let us know. Thanks!)
Just a suggestion, I was wondering if you would add a Table of Contents, and perhaps a nice numbered block between the steps (possibly like with the FAQ) or shrinking the pictures (by about 70-80 percent if that doesn't hamper them too much). I'm losing my orientation while I'm scrolling through trying to find what I'm looking for.
I was just lucky to find them. In the Influenz lessons at church the secretary showed me how to make the accent mark for nino, but I have forgotten.
When you translate into Spanish, Duolingo should show you some small buttons near the textbox that help you to make those special characters.
I just realized that the gray lines you've formatted into your guide make it look like separate posts. I completely overlooked the Table of Contents just now and thought that you hadn't included them. Shall we try removing all of the gray separators for a few days?
And if we made the TABLE OF CONTENTS all caps like that, it could help it to stand out. Just a thought. :)
Yes :) Much easier to follow without the gray lines for some reason.
how do I use accent marks in android phones? I am learning italian and can't find a way to use the `. Thanks for your help!
Hi lalui-pirata, this guide has been updated and moved to the wiki. There are instructions for Android keyboards in the new wiki here: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Duolingo_Wiki#Getting_Help (There are two keyboard guides, I'm not sure which on it is in so check them both.)
I have Italian in my keyboard. The problem is that it doesn't have the accents or I don't know how to use them.
Hold down the letter for a few extra seconds. A menu should pop up with alternative accent options. :)