https://www.duolingo.com/sparrowhawk28

Languages with different alphabets

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Just a suggestion, but please could you start at the REALLY basic level for languages which use very different alphabets - the first few levels just learning the alphabet in Russian (for example) would have been so useful, rather than chucking us in learning words straight away. At least with Polish you get a pick list of characters, but Russian and Hebrew have to be either typed in properly in the language (I don't know how to do this on an English keyboard), or as sounds - but as I haven't learned the absolute basics, I can't do that either. I'm afraid I'm not going to get anywhere with either language, sadly.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sialia2
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Please hang in there - as you practice more, you will become comfortable with the alphabet in a surprisingly short time. For me, starting with simple words provided a context, and I would have found it a little boring to review the letters in isolation for more than a few lessons. However, if you would like additional support, there are multiple online sites where you can learn the Russian Cyrillic alphabet, for example http://learnrussian.rt.com/alphabet/

Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparrowhawk28
sparrowhawk28
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Thank you! I learned the Greek alphabet (so a bit of a start) so I get your point. I will stick at it ...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xaghtaersis
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I recommend using memrise alongside duolingo. Especially for courses with different scripts. I use my phone's virtual keyboard to type. The duolingo mobile site works quite well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparrowhawk28
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Thanks! I can't seem to get Russian on my phone though, don't know why - so have to use the PC for that - and my phone is set up to Swedish, and can't seem to cope with more than one (two if you include English).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal
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(I don't know how to do this on an English keyboard)

use a virtual keyboard and/or install the Keyboard layout of the language.
For Hebrew, see the Welcome post (on top of the "Popular" tab of the "Hebrew from English" forum).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparrowhawk28
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Thanks I'll see how that goes ... think I need a basic Hebrew alphabet course (if there is such a thing) as well though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skylar_Siviriko
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Memrise is also a great place for learning different alphabets and also additional vocabulary in general for whatever language you're learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sparrowhawk28
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It is! I've taken to the Cyrillic alphabet with them - but seems a shame you also can't do it here. (Also Memrise is deeply irritating :-) )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailLouD
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I agree! I tried the Hebrew course but I found it very difficult to get started

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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You may find this post helpful: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11449014

It has instructions for installing a Cyrillic keyboard, and links to a couple sites with explanations of the alphabet.

Don't give up yet - it really takes very little time to learn the alphabet, and it's definitely worth it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sanaa225

only mom and small words are the same

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickeytheGreat
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I agree. In Hebrew and Ukrainian it teaches you all the letters over a few skills, so you can learn a third of them at a time. Russian gives you all of them at once.

2 years ago
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