Accent Mark Problems
Hi, I am doing the early lessons currently, such as ABC. I have a Greek keyboard input installed and it works fine outside Duolingo. But the current problem I get is when I get prompted to answer "The letter (....)" I write it as "το γράμμα (....)" And it tells me "Almost correct!" and gives me the solution as "το γράμμα (....)" I just can't honestly tell the difference between the marks on both alpha's? In order to get this mark on my keyboard, I have to use left shift + the letter α to produce "ά"
Also. If I have to move the thread to the correct location just let me know. Was debating putting it here or in the troubleshooting department.
My experience is that a lack of accents usually does not reject a response, but one or two times it did. (So I used copy and paste to move on).
When I first started using the Greek keyboard, I had no idea how to get the accents. Once I had pretty much learned where all the letter keys were, I went back and googled how to get the accents, and it's pretty easy from the windows native Greek keyboard layout (labeled "EL Greek (Greece) –
You probably already know (but maybe someone reading this doesn't know yet), but when the keyboard is in the Greek mode, the English ";" key (semicolon) doesn't type anything, but it will activate the accent for the very next key if it's a vowel . So if you type ";v" (semicolon and then v on the English keyboard when Greek is activated), you get "ώ" (accented omega). ";a" = "ά" , etc etc. Of course, you can type any of the Greek vowels right after the semicolon to "accent" them.
Now I try to type with the correct accented vowels, and it's almost becoming automatic.
Thank you for your, as always, constructive input. I'm not sure of what keyboard JonathanFa is using but your explanation should do the trick. You are doing very well using accents at all times it's the best way to learn and use the language. And it's why I want to assist Jonathanfa in solving his problem.
I am using " John Schwandt's EZAccent Keyboard " It can be used for Ancient Greek and Modern Greek.
Edit: I should add. The accent marks work on courses such as Memrise and I do in fact get them correct using the same symbol that I am attempting to type on here. And the courses I do are "Strict" typing.
I don't know if this is what is happening to you, but I always used to put ἀ instead of ά since on the Greek keyboard for Windows the two accents are right next to each other. On my keyboard, the key next to the L key is the one I need which in English is the semicolon ; key (as KevanSF says) while the one I didn't realize had a somewhat similar accent is on the quote ' key. I just didn't even realize there were two different accent marks at first. It reminds me of when I would want the quote key in French and my finger would stray to the Enter key.
shift + a on my keyboard represents an acute accent mark. My keyboard setup doesn't use the semicolon at all. It uses combinations of shift, q, right alt, - mark, and / mark. Most of the combinations create the ancient greek marks though. Maybe my keyboard isn't accepted in the course? I liked it more than the Windows one because of the layout of the letters. It's laid out in a phonetic way so I didn't have to memorize yet another layout for keyboards.
EDIT: Ah. I guess it doesn't matter now, since it accepts it. I just wondered if other greek speakers would understand what I'm writing if Duo is marking it wrong here. >:|
Let me ask one question so I know how much leeway I have to get to the root of this problem. Is your answer accepted but has the observation "almost correct" or is your answer rejected. Are you able to go on with the lesson? I know that the course is designed not to reject answers due to incorrect accents or even missing accents. (shh that's supposed to be a secret). But seriously, if you can progress I'll turn this over to a more tech. savvy mod. Thanks for the input.