where are the letter keys?
okay I've read through other discussion posts and yes, i get there are programs i can use to help me type in Vietnamese so that i don't learn words and tones incorrectly, but i don't want to.
My issue with this is that i don't want to memorize how to use another program on top of trying to learn another language. Why does every other language ( that I've attempted to learn or have tested out ) have on-screen keys for special letters but Vietnamese doesn't?
Honestly as much as i want to learn this language i don't want to learn how to use an entirely different program just so i can learn it properly, at this rate i might as well use other resources to learn the language while using pencil and paper.
I think most other languages on Duolingo have fewer unique characters, so they can easily add small keyboards.
In Vietnamese there are 12 vowels that can be modified by 5 diacritics, which means a minimum of 72 unique characters. Add in a few other unique symbols such as đ and that would make an awfully large keyboard. Not impossible to figure out a way to do it, but it would be a project in and of itself.
I can see it frustrates you, though bear in mind you would have to go through the same process for any language using a non-Latin alphabet. If it helps any, I have found this to be one of the best resources available for learning Vietnamese and I feel it is worth the trouble.
Whatever you decide, thanks for sharing your concerns. I hope Duo finds a way to simplify entering words with different alphabets.