Is there a way for English people to get the foreign accents on our English keyboards? I'm learning Portuguese at the moment...but I think it's parts of most of the foreign languages?
Is there a way to get my computer to make them?
Hi JCMcGee, this is covered in the "Keyboard special keys/diacritical marks Guide" (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1473682) part of the "A Guide to Finding Duolingo Guides" series(http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1278938).
If your OS is not supported in the guide, or the information is out of date, let me know in the comments.
Yes, I'm in the same situation. :) You need to go to your computer settings for Language/Region. This will vary depending on your computer, but on Windows it should be somewhere in the Control Panel. You can add a new keyboard layout there. As a result, a little square icon will appear on the bottom bar - you will now be able to change between keyboard layouts by clicking it (EN for English, PT for Portuguese). There's also a keyboard shortcut for changing the layout but I never remember what it is. ;)
I have chosen one of the Brazilian Portuguese layouts - there are several and unfortunately you'll probably have to look up on the Internet which keys give you which letters in which layout, or just try all of them - but sometimes letters are obtained by pressing an accent (which seems to do nothing) and then the letter. I particularly struggled with the question mark which turned out to be hidden under Alt+w!
Trying to find the @ on the Spanish layout drove me crazy for awhile. I finally found it though, AltGr+Q
hburdon, thanks for the control alt w tip. I have been looking all over for the ? Obrigado e bons estudos.
Ainda não sou experto, mas eu diria, "de nada, muito prazer em ajudar-lhe" Bons estudos.
Hi JCMcGee, If you have a PC, go to control panel, next click on clock, language and region, under change keyboards or other input methods. After the last click, you should see a place where you can click for change keyboards. Once you add another keyboard, you will be able to "toggle" between your English and Portuguese keyboards through the language bar that will appear at the bottom of your screen. I hope this helps, I am not a computer expert, but I am studying Portuguese as well and I figured this out. Bons estudos. Tchau.