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

Russian keyboard

Hello fellow Russian learners,

I started duolingo a few days ago and immediately I started the Russian course. Though I'm in level 5 now I've only come so far as to finish basics 2. However, I already feel like one of the things that makes it hard for me to make progress is that I cannot type using the cyrillic alphabet. For me, it's pretty confusing to try to learn which letter is which & how they sound, while at the same time I have to concentrate on which latin letter combination counts as which cyrillic letter. How do you guys cope with that? Is there a possibility to write in cyrillic using my keyboard? Any advice will be appreciated! спасибо!

May 18, 2017

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    You should learn to read the letters first. There was a meme "Learn Russian alphabet in 15 minutes", that's how I memorised Cyrillic alphabets. Keyboard stickers are a good idea.


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

    I saw that meme! It's actually pretty cool :) Thanks for the hint!


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

    you need to find russian key stickers and put them on your keys, they have both english and russian letters


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

    There are Cyrillic keyboards in other languages that follow the order the English keyboard has - for example, Serbian Cyrillic keyboard does this. You could, for example, enable this, so that you can get used to the words, BUT since Russian has special characters other languages don't, my suggestion for you is to simply try and memorize the layout of the Russian Cyrillic keyboard. It might take you some time, but if you are serious about learning a language, you already have the will power, and it should not take you that much effort. And just like VickColdice suggested, you can try and get some stickers and put them on your keyboard - it's great for beginners. Happy learning!


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

    Thank you all for your suggestions!


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

    Pretty much everyone uses cyrillic, the way to switch to Russian keyboard layout depends on your OS, just google something like "russian keyboard layout mac" or windows to get the exact steps


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

    Got it! Thanks! On my mac I can even have a virtual keyboard to see which key will result in which cyrillic letter. That's actually pretty helpful!


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

    It's great, there's something so peaceful and calming in the simple act of slowly moving a mouse cursor from letter to letter and clicking each one, after you've made your millionth typo and threw the real keyboard across the room.
    Very helpful for people with anger problems. And for people who can touch type I guess.


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

    I can actually use my physical keyboard while it shows me on the visual one which letter I'm typing, so I don't need to type with my mouse. It's the best of both worlds :D


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a.robinson28

    I'm the same. I find cyrillic difficult even though I have spent hours away from duolingo learning and practising it :(


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

    I know your feel :D when I was a kid I learned it in school but since I knew I would stop learning Russian in school and switch to Latin I never really cared that much. Now I wish I did! What's helpful for me with some letters is to try to see what they remind me of that has something to do with their sound. For example ф looks somewhat like a p and an upside-down h to me and so it makes the sound of a ph as in philosophy. Hang in there! It is (hopefully) worth it!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a.robinson28

    that's good advice, thank you :) I'm probably going to try and start learning again in September :)


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

    1) To learn Cyrillic pronunciation, go here: http://www.russianlessons.net/lessons/lesson1_main.php It should clarify how similar-looking characters sound different, especially Ш and Щ. They even have a video for the pronunciations. 2a) To write in Cyrillic, simply go to your computer's settings and download the keyboard! It should be in the category 'time and language'. Here's the positioning: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UKuQ93lvE7c/T_EjkoYXTRI/AAAAAAAAAJM/V3Cqg9_FxJg/s1600/Screen+Shot+2012-06-27+at+5.55.44+PM.png 2b) To switch between English and Russian, press Alt+Shift. You should see the keyboard's current set language on your task-bar.


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

    Thank you for the links! Especially the first one is super helpful! Thanks a lot :)


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

    You already got some good replies and something that seems to work good for you as well but, I wanted to add the solution I found as a way to give people other options. I opted to use DuoLingos phone app as my Android phone allows me to install multiple character sets to its keyboard and change from one to the other with a sideways swipe of the space bar. This way I am able to quickly switch between answering in English and Russian as each need arises.


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

    I actually did this before I posted my question. However, I just prefer the web version to my iOS app, so I was looking for other solutions. Thank you though for mentioning it! It's always great to have the option of using a mobile device :)


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

    There are plenty of posts about this on Duo--two or three discussions just in the last day. Start with this older discussion, look back at a couple of the recent discussion, determine which keyboard you want to (or must) use, and don't hesitate to ask questions if you need some more help.


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

    I have the same problem so... :/


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

    Are the previous answers helpful for you or do you need more advice?


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

    I am confused about them, like what do the stickers do exactly?


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

    Just help you to know which letter to press. You have to install/set up a russian keyboard in your settings first. I don't use stickers. On my mac I can have a virtual keyboard showing me which key is which letter, so I do not really need to have stickers on my physical keyboard right now.


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

    :D ahh! thank you! i might look into that


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

    Let me know how it works for you or if you have other questions I can help you with :)


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

    Of course! Thank you ^^

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