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Anyone succeeding in timed practise (Polish)?

Hi, I'm getting a little bit frustrated that the time is passing so quickly in timed practise. Now and then I master six or even eight answers, but most times complicated words eat up all the time and in the end I am happy to have two answers right. I guess I have to change my keyboard to polish and learn where the special characters are, because hitting them with the mouse is really time consuming. Most times I know the answer, but I am just not quick enough.

What is your experience with this feature?

btw. I went through the tree down to Adverbs, but at the moment I am only reviewing while I am deepening the vocabulary with Memrise and the grammar with a book.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/immery
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About Polish keyboard- it is easy. Polish keyboard is like American one. Special letters are under right alt+ the letter. Only exception is ź which is under alt+x.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/schmidzy
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It's not impossible. It's just a matter of 1) downloading the Polish keyboard and learning to use it, and 2) practicing even more so that the unfamiliar letter combinations begin to feel more natural, both in your mind and in your muscle memory (i.e. typing confidently). You can do it!

2 years ago

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I also had that in the beginning, but now I go thru with like 1 min remaining ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pumpernick1

Thank you for your kind answers. I guess I will try the keyboard and keep practising. I'm usually using the German one (& Mac) and I've not yet found all special letters when switched to the Polish one – but I will just test them out systematically.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/immery
immery
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which Polish keyboard did you install. (where are y and z?, like in American or like in German?)

polska programisty - programmers - is most used one, and is based on American keyboard, all special letters are left alt + letter. https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klawiatura_programisty

polska maszynistki - typewriter's - is rarely used, and is based on old typeriters, which were based on German ones. I cannot use it. https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klawiatura_maszynistki

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pumpernick1

Dziękuję bardzo! This demystified my keyboard trouble: Apple provides "Polnisch" (which I installed), which seems to be the polska maszynistki. But there is also "Polnisch PRO" and this is really so much easier to use.

2 years ago

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so do you actually have keyboards with the Enter bar as a rectangle in Poland? I thought that was an American thing only

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/immery
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Standard keyboards usually have L shaped one, but I always thought it is a design thing - one keyboard has it, other doesn't.

2 years ago

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well the shape of the Enter doesn't really matter, what does matter is whether there is a key between Z and Shift, usually the keyboards with L-shaped enter (European) have it, and the keyboards with rectangle enter (American) do not have it

this doesn't actually matter on some layouts, for example the standard Russian keyboard has / and \ on that key but they can also be typed on the rightmost key of the middle row (European keyboard) or the rightmost key of the top row with letters (American keyboard), so two keys have the same function

then for example on the Finnish layout, the key between Z and shift has \< > and | on it, and the other one has ' and * on it (and ˇ and ˘ (to make š and ă for example) if you use a multilingual (extended) keyboard), so if your physical keyboard is American style with no key between Z and Shift and you have the Finnish layout on, you will not be able to type \< > | at all because the key for that does not exist on the American style keyboards (this actually happens on my laptop because it was bought in the US, but I have a Russian keyboard connected to it which has the needed key so it's not a problem, but if I go on a trip somewhere and I only take my laptop it might be)

2 years ago