Russian alphabet help?
So I saw a page that said it helps when learning to decode words letter by letter, but when I do I don't get the word in english, so how do I? Like if I started with дом how do I get to house? Do I just have to know that's what it is?
Russian isn't just an alphabet, but also a language with different words.
So, not only do you have to know that "дом" is pronounced "dom", but you also have to know that it means "house". And you'll have to do that for thousands of words.
it might seem complicated, but learning a language is all about that: assimilating hundreds of words progressively.
i am having trouble with russian too and i think it helps when you put your mouse on each word. it will give their sounds. that is how i learned the letters' sounds. don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!
Q. How can I see the (Latin) characters for a Russian word or sentence?
- -Paste the Russian word or sentence in the left panel at
-That will show in the right panel the English translation
-Now click on the arrows
->which reverses the text from English to Russian
-Then you will see at the bottom of the right panel a transliterated text of that Russian text.
-E.g. Russian 'DOM' shows as 'dom'
Q. How to change between Cyrillic and transliteral in Duolingo Russian?
1) Run the web version of Duolingo (e.g. in Chrome)
2) Select Russian
3) Click on any of the e.g. golden icons
4) On the right click on 'Strengthen' (e.g. with a level 4 on 5)
5) That will open a window that offers you e.g. to 'Practice without a timer'
6) On that same page you see a radio button showing AA or JaJa' (a small circle at the left top of that page)
7) Switch that button to the correct representation (AA = transliteral), JaJa is Russian Cyrillic)
8) In case Russian Cyrillic you can activate a Russian keyboard in the Control Settings of your Microsoft Windows computer, or similar probably in your systems settings on the Apple Mac. On the Android mobile device you can choose a Russian cyrillic keyboard via the settings and or install e.g. the SwiftKey app.
Workaround: Run in (another) browser the Lexilogos Russian keyboard http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/russian.htm type your text there and copy / paste the cyrillian text to / from Duolingo.
Use e.g. a split screen with one browser with Duolingo left and another browser with the keyboard on the right in the screen.
Q. How to get a good 3rd party Russian keyboard online? [LexiLogos]
Use e.g. the LexiLogos Russian keyboard
then e.g. split screen and copy/paste into your Duolingo text input box.
It also shows a transliteral representation of that Russian character.