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Suggestion: Easier way to type accents

Having to take your hands of the keyboard anytime you want to add an accent is kind of annoying (I know, first world problem). I think it would be easier if instead of clicking on the accent button you would hit tab until the accent you wanted was highlighted and then press spacebar to insert it. Also, it would be great if for the lessons in a certain language, only the accents for that language would appear as options. I know this would help me to be less lazy about putting in the accents.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/dtremenak
dtremenak
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The best and easiest way to type accents is the same way native speakers do: use a native keyboard layout. All modern OSes have a way to quickly switch keyboard layouts, so you can use an English layout for your ordinary computing, and a native layout for Duo. Since you're studying Spanish, it's actually really easy to get used to (none of the normal alphabetic characters move around). The Latin American Spanish keyboard layout is very similar to the US standard layout, but provides a dedicated ñ key and a "dead key" for accents (press that key then the letter to get an accent: ´ then a gives á, shift with ´ provides ¨ for ü).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperSwipe
SuperSwipe
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I found this little plugin that you install on your computer and it helped me a lot :D http://www.onehourprogramming.com/spanish-accents/ It's a light software, so it wont affect your computer's performance. The way it works is that you use caps lock+the letter that you want the accent on. I really like it :D (if you ever do want to use caps lock you can just either disactivate the program or double tap it)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshTre4Ever

or you could use the alt key and type in the number that makes that certain accent like if you want á you hold the alt key and type 160 simultaneously, é alt + 130, í alt + 161, ó alt + 162, ú alt + 163, ñ alt + 164, ¡ alt + 173, ü alt + 129, Á alt + 0193, É alt +144, Í alt + 0205, Ó alt + 0211, Ú alt + 0218, Ñ alt 165, ¿ alt + 168, Ü alt + 154, ° alt + 248

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quriousking
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On the phone, this is practically a non-issue. On the keyboard, I just made a script for each of the languages that I plan to use that day. It's easy enough to do. Go to this site and download this to your computer: http://www.autohotkey.com/

::'a::{Asc 0225} ::'n::{Asc 0241} ...etc

Spending a few minutes figure out how it works. When you figure it out, the above is an example of the code I wrote for my Spanish script. Repeat for all letters that need accents, and for language specific symbols like ü and ¿. When the script is active in the background, this line of code works like this:

you type: 'el est'a aqu'i on screen: él está aquí

This website should prove itself to be useful as well: http://www.autohotkey.com/board/topic/16920-how-to-enter-basic-spanish-accented-characters/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/centime
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This is a non-issue on a Macintosh. Press-and-hold a key and the Mac presents a menu of all the accents. After a while you can press-and-hold and type the number corresponding to the menu choice. For example: e-hold-1=è and e-hold-2 = é and e-hold-3 = ê

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writerjisung

I think the best way to do it is install the keyboard for the language you're learning in your language preference settings on your computer and figure out how to type the accents by looking them up online and follow instructions you find. ^_^ I think this is better than installing any software/script or memorize button combinations in my opinion. But everyone has different preferences!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/warrio1010
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I'm using windows 8 and I can do all these áíéóú just holding alt gr, I don't think I've ever installed anything for it. If you're just doing Spanish that pretty much covers you except for n

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kangaroopouch
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afaik the UK keyboard does this with all versions of Windows. Do you have the British layout?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/warrio1010
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Probably, I'm not sure what the difference is. Is it the shift + 2 thing? My shift + 2 is ", I think some are @?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kangaroopouch
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That's one of the differences. The British one also allows ñ and grave accents using the dead ~ and `keys.

4 years ago
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