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Enabling the Romanian keyboard!

In Romanian, we have a few special characters [Ă,ă/Ââ/Îî/Șș/Țț]. Below, I have listed two YouTube videos to help you learn how to enable Romanian keyboard on your computer!

Windows users: click here

Apple Users: click here

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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With such few extra characters why do you not have them as special buttoms like the courses for hungarian, french, turkish, et al, it seems a lot easier and efficient. Why should we all need to change keyboards layout all the time when there really is no need for it (as it is for the langauges with different scripts).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

We're working on getting one! :-)
Hopefully we'll have it soon.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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Thanks, great news!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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how acceptable is it to use ş and ţ instead of ș and ț? like it seems it's even more common to use the "wrong" letters instead of the correct ones

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Memleak
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I wouldn't recommend. The old ones were used for a lack of proper support years ago, so in a way for historical reasons. Use ș and ț since those are the proper Romanian characters.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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why then if you read Romanian texts it is more common to see the ţ and ş? (btw in some fonts ţ and ț look almost identical)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/potestasity
potestasity
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Because people were writing them on keyboards which did not support them. It's mostly Unicode's fault :)
ș/ț vs ş/ţ
Unicode and HTML

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pummy
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I actually have a keyboard setup that is very popular in Romania. I now realise that it was wrong as it uses ş and ţ. Ooops. Thousands of other Romanians are probably doing it as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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you mean the old QWERTZ Romanian layout?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hptroll
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It would be convenient though: I use the international keyboard on a Mac and can write all letters in Turkish, Spanish, German, French and except for those two, Romanian... The signs I can use for "ș" and "ț" are "ş" and "ţ". Does anyone know a way to generate the proper characters using the international keyboard? For the record, Dexonline does recognize "ş" and "ţ" when searching for a word.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hptroll
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Found it: it's Option-p to get the proper diacritical sign, followed by the letter you need. Option-p then s for ș and Option-p then t for ț

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristianAdam

Historical reasons, see the Romanian Diacritical Marks article for more information!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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For anyone who uses the compose key I have discovered that ComposeKey – b – a is the sequence to get ă.

(Not terribly intuitive).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vytah
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It is intuitive if you know that that diacritic is called a breve.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcaeca
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You guys are planning to add the accented letters directly to the screen at some point though, right?

Until that happens, if you don't want to have to enable a keyboard, you can always use http://romanian.typeit.org/.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

Yes, we're planning that

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KurtisDB
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On my phone, I use a keyboard app called SwiftKey. It allows you to download language packs which can be enabled on your keyboard.

One limitation is that only five languages can be enabled at a time. Naturally, Romanian is one of the five I have enabled, and it works brilliantly for using the special characters. Long-pressing the normal letter (for example: a, s, t, i) will bring up the list of special characters (ă, â, ș, ț, î) for the languages you have enabled.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterEs

It gives me warm and fuzzy feeling to be amongst people who'd consider 'only' five languages a limitation. Sadly in the US too many people would be all 'who'd need five'.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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I use the English International Keyboard on Windows 10 (PC). Is there a way to access the characters using this setup?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Memleak
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right-alt + s, t, i, a, q will yield ș ț î ă â. Add shift to this combination and you get Ș, Ț, Î, Ă, Â. I use this way of typing for quite a number of years and it gets easy to get used to with the added benefit that the keyboard layout is unchanged.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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I will try this. Thanks.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pummy
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I have discovered the Romanian (Programmers) input method to be working perfectly with alt right + s, t...., just like Memleak described earlier.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/syntaxosaurus
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Yes--the Romanian (Programmers) layout method is far more efficient than the default Romanian layout for Windows. The latter forces your right hand to travel too much, and blocks common symbols...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/celestebancos

This is helpful! I think this information should be included as part of the first lesson.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nullbrains

Hey,

For those of you who want to automatically switch between your regular keyboard and a Romanian one. Here is a browser extension that I created to do so. It also provides an optional small visual keyboard to aid in learning the location of the special characters. Note that the Romanian special characters are accessible by pressing the Alt Gr (right alt) button when the extension is active.

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duokeyboard/dekooljcgfaiokofbciaflklkfniimfa

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duokeyboard/

Opera: https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/duokeyboard/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/celestebancos

Yay this is super-helpful! Thanks :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elnovicio
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I use a lot of languages with diacritics: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian and i have only English keyboard. To type ă I press alt+a, to type â I press alt+aa, alt+t for ț , alt+t tt for alternative ţ , alt+shift+s for Ș and so on.

I use an autohotkey script. I can share it with you http://pastebin.com/3ebSVxsT

If you also want to use it, you have to install autohotkey verstion L (1.1) and replace your autohotkey.ahk file with the text of the pastebin. The file should be in UTF BOM (at least mine is in this encoding)

If you have any questions, ask.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HeyItsKayliKat
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I would but I use a school laptop and cannot download anything >.<\

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/janki77
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Is there any chance that the Romanian special characters can be added as buttons, similar to what has been done for all (or at least most) other languages with special characters?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

Yes, we requested it

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pummy
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that is exactly what I wanted to ask

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BillWarren2
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I'm using a Linux Mint thumb drive.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristianAdam

The easiest way on Linux is the "setxkbmap ro" command in a Terminal. This will enable the Romanian Programmers keyboard.

Then you use:

  • AltGr + S = Ș
  • AltGr + T = Ț
  • AltGr + A = Ă
  • AltGr + Q = Â
  • AltGr + I = Î

If you want a permanent solution then you need to configure your Desktop Environment (Gnome, KDE, XFCE and so on).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tsrohlees
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Do you have a way for Linux users?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristianAdam

The easiest way on Linux is the "setxkbmap ro" command in a Terminal. This will enable the Romanian Programmers keyboard.

Then you use:

  • AltGr + S = Ș
  • AltGr + T = Ț
  • AltGr + A = Ă
  • AltGr + Q = Â
  • AltGr + I = Î

If you want a permanent solution then you need to configure your Desktop Environment (Gnome, KDE, XFCE and so on).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WinterEs

You can also create text replacements in the Mac OS. Enable the Romanian keyboard, create the Text replacements for the Romanian letters using whatever combination of symbol/letter/whatever you want in System Preferences>Text then remove the Romanian keyboard once you're done.

If you're pretty tech-y you can modify the English language keyboard's Press and Hold settings to include Romanian (or any) characters when you press and hold a key. Link: http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/20505/how-to-add-characters-to-the-press-and-hold-character-picker-in-os-x-lion/44928#44928

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionradoi1
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usually in duo you don't need special characters. It is very difficul to change the conformation of you keyboard.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magdalainn
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When using my standard Android keyboard, I have noticed that the Romanian characters are there... but the character which should be ș is really ş. Using predictive typing I can get a ș (by deleting the rest of the word around it), but is there a way to report that to someone who can change it?

In the meantime, does anyone have suggestions on third-party keyboards? I have looked up Gboard (by Google) and @KurtisDB mentioned SwiftKey in this thread, but have not found enough information to make a decision.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristianAdam

You can help create the first standardized Romanian keyboard. See my Kickstarter: Romanian Cherry Keyboard campaign!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josbern68

I'm having the same problem with Roumanian, Turkish, Portugyese6 and with Swedish. A couple of times these extra letters with special markings appeared6 in the scree,. I used them once and they dissappeared. I don't know where they came from or how to get them back to stay. josbern68@gmail.com. P.S. I'm using a Verizon wireless phone.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Simon160053

Since Windows Vista, there is a Romanian layout for programmers available. Go to keyboard settings and enable that layout. It is practically the same as the US keyboard layout, but the following hotkeys become available:

[AltGr]+A=ă

[AltGr]+S=ș

[AltGr]+T=ț

[AltGr]+I=î

[AltGr]+Q=â

AltGr is simply the Alt button on the right side of your keyboard. The same layout is available on Linux.

On Android, you can probably rely on GBoard, but I set up extra shortcuts in Thumb Keyboard for Romanian and Ukranian letters.

P.S. If you're just starting to learn Romanian, you should probably morally prepare yourself for the fact that Romanians tend to not use accented letters on the internet. In fact, I've even seen a paper manual for an electronic appliance that had Romanian translation, but not a single accented letter was used in it. I can't really blame Romanians for this, available keyboards do kind of suck.

4 months ago