https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

Alphabet problems

Please could someone explain how the courses that use two alphabets are supposed to work? Am I really meant to change my keyboard set up between questions every time throughout a lesson??! Because one moment I'm meant to be translating English to Russian and the next taking dictation in English, and the long and the short of it is, it doesn't work. Between switching keyboard layouts and trying to find your way around an unfamiliar layout, I would be interested to know how long it takes the average user to complete one of these lessons and whether others, like me, end up entering the wrong answer because somewhere in the process we forgot what we were meant to be typing!

March 7, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dibdin

I don' t know how it works on other systems but on an ipad its one click between the russian and english keyboards.

March 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bikedrmaas25

Are there keyboard combinations that form the cedilla, for example? Or e accent aigu?

March 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dibdin

Of course, you have every accent you could possibly want on an ipad keyboard. I also use a macbook air which has a virtual keyboard but I don't think that was designed for instant changeover. What are you using?

March 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susande

Apple: keep the letter pressed for a few seconds and a menu will pop up with éëê áäâ etc. Windows: set your your keyboard settings to US International, then some keys like " and ' will not appear directly (only when you type a space after them, or a letter that doesn't have a shortcut), this will enable 2 key shortcuts, e.g.

typing " followed by e will give you ë ' e -> é " a -> ä and others, see the full list here:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/keyboard-shortcuts-for-international-characters-HP005186562.aspx

March 8, 2014

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