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Typing in Russian

I'm just starting to learn Russian, and since I'm not working on a device with a Russian keyboard it takes me a ridiculously long time to type in my answers. So I came up with two solutions:

1) Use the onscreen keyboard available on Windows. Nice, in theory, but it takes up a large part of the screen in duolingo, making it hard to see the lesson.

2) Switch the keyboard layout in settings. In Windows, it lets you download language packs of different keyboard layouts, like the Chinese Mandarin keyboard, the French keyboard AZERTY, DVORAK, etc. With Windows key + spacebar you can switch layouts instantly. And you're still typing on your physical keyboard!

This still takes a long time, though, because I haven't memorized the Russian keyboard layout the way I have QWERTY memorized. Plenty of American users haven't totally memorized the QWERTY keyboard, but know the general layout enough to reach speeds of about 30 words per minute, which would be just fine for me in my Russian lessons. So I tried to find a website to learn the Russian keyboard, just like I learned QWERTY. I couldn't find any recommendations that worked for me, so I searched in the only way I knew how -- I typed "free typing lessons" into google translate and searched with a probably grammatically faulty translation (бесплатные уроки набрав).

I found this great website! A totally normal, good quality typing tutor! https://www.sense-lang.org/typing/tutor/keyboardingRU.php

The whole site is in Russian, but if you start with "урок 1", then click "старт", as long as your keyboard is set to Russian, it should work fine.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFaber
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You can also buy stickers for your keyboard (they're really cheap) or make them yourself. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Cyrillic-keyboard-lettering-transparent-background/dp/B0010M6JO8

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dragonjok
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I made them myself and it's pretty neat, that's the easiest solution!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J_Tchaikovsky
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I installed on my computer Russian keyboard and little by little I'm memorizing. I know, where are located the letters. I just need to be quick

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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That looks like a good site. Thanks!

Learning how to type on a Cyrillic keyboard is definitely the way to go. That site's method is what I used, too, although not from that website, and it works great. If you want a downloadable similar program, try klavaro. Once you get good at touch typing, you'll probably like some of the others sites mentioned here, such as klavogonki and keybr.com, which can be really fun. And there are other, similar sites, too. Have fun!

[added] Here's a good Duo discussion. One among many others.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottSchwa4

I set up the Cyrillic keyboard under regions and languages options on the control panel of my computer. I have been learning Russian for over a year and for those just learning Russian, it takes time to learn how to type with a Cyrillic keyboard. And I have a Tablet PC Input Panel that you can look once you set up your Cyrillic keyboard. By no means it is an overnight process. However, the more you use the Cyrillic keyboard in your Russian lessons, the more proficient you become. I go on Russian websites on the internet and learn that way as well. The learning curve I'm facing is writing in Russian cursive.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu
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Great advise. I used the onscreen keyboard. But I also used the keyboard layout on my Android phone to type on computer because it is very similar. It helped me to look at my phone. I memorised most of it using my phone for Duolingo and writing with Russians on HelloTalk. I'm still slow though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chrka
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You could also look for a Russian phonetic keyboard layout, ie., one where the Russian letters are mapped onto similarly sounding letters on the regular QWERTY layout.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arcusimpetus

I did the whole "put the on-screen keyboard" thing (not hard to see the lesson if you have a modest size monitor) till I memorized the layout.

When I was learning the Dvorak layout, I printed out a sheet of the layout and set it next to my keyboard. I'd reckon that helps with touch-typing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GlobalJim711
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If you can use an I-Pad, problem solved. Just activate additional languages, Russian in your case, and you can even dictate. I love that but watch for simply errors..sing versus plural, etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tartiflette_
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Another typing trainer http://www.keybr.com/page/practice

2 years ago
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