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Switching Keyboards - English and Hebrew

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(If this is answered elsewhere, please just point me to the comment, thanks!)

Hi, I've got the Hebrew keyboard package installed on my Windows 10 PC, which has its original English keyboard. In the learning tree, you have to type both in English and Hebrew. Rather than continually going to the bottom of the page and switching the keyboard back and forth, I display the virtual keyboard on the PC screen. Then switching from one alphabet to the other means clicking on or off the Caps lock key. But the virtual keyboard takes up some valuable on screen real estate; it needs to stay large enough to read and click on the keys with the mouse. Also, it would be nice to use the small and capital letters in English, although I can make do without the small, and DL doesn't seem to care.

Does anyone have a better way to switch back and forth between Hebrew and English alphabets?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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I don't know if it might be useful, but I posted a comment here with an advice: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16254127

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveBoss
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That is a good idea, with the stickers, but with that method, how do you switch back and forth between the two alphabets?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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The homemade stickers cover the buttons entirely, but I just leave them there because I've been using the keyboard for more than a decade, so I don't need to look at the keyboard while I'm writing with the Latin alphabet.

You could also buy real stickers on Amazon since they're very cheap, although the letters would be smaller, but they would allow you to have both alphabets at the same time.

Anyway, I really like this method, because I can switch between alphabets very easily thanks to the button in my Windows 7 taskbar, and now I'm able to write much faster, too. And eventually I'll be able to write in Russian without even looking, so it really is a win-win in my opinion :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I cannot comment on Windows 10, but in Windows 7, Alt-Shift is the default combination for switching between input methods, which makes it very easy if one only has two languages, and soon becomes second-nature. For more languages, one can set different key combinations as shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl-space gives me Chinese, Ctrl-2 Vietnamese, etc., Ctrl-6 gives me Hebrew and Ctrl-1 takes me back to English regardless of what language I was in).
I should have been surprised if these very useful features had been removed in Windows 10 (although the default shortcuts might be different): look for something like 'change language bar hotkeys' in your language bar settings.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveBoss
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Alt-Shift works like a charm in Windows 10, thanks, you the man (or the woman, not sure what a garpike is, sorry). Now I just set the language to Hebrew, use alt-shift to switch back and forth to English, and this way, it gives you the ability to use both small and capital English letters. I have my Hebrew keyboard layout printed out, which I'll use til I learn where they are. I'll have to set up some ctl keys, because I have more than two languages, but for now, I'll just cycle through them, being careful. Each time you hit Alt-Shift, the chosen language appears in the task bar. Thanks again, muchas gracias, תדה רבה, obrigado.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyItsOcarina
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I posted an in-depth comment right here:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16255932

Good luck in your Hebrew adventure, Ocarina.

2 years ago