Languages with different alphabet
I think it would be nice to have something like this in the labs section to study before diving into Russian for example http://www.typingstudy.com/ru-russian-3/lesson/1/part/2 after spending sometime on Russian and Hebrew i realized that it's better to first do some keyboard practice to be able to find the character without spending 5 minutes : )
Alphabet lessons would be extremely useful for beginners... and not just for Russian learners ;) Unfortunately course creators have nothing to do with the labs section of Duolingo, and as far as I know, the features, such as "Duolingo stories" are mostly designed for advanced learners who have already mastered their tree. Duolingo doesn't offer very good tools for teaching new scripts, but there are plenty of other resources to learn the very basics, so I don't see this as a major problem. Once you get more or less comfortable with the Russian keyboard layout, you can move on to keyboard games :D Here andhere are some to get started :) This one is a racing game where you can compete against other players (or just play as guest) and the objective is to be the first to type the given text. It might be quite challenging if you're still new to Russian, but I believe in you :D
That surely would be nice in the Labs section, but it probably will have to wait (is my guess).
There are plenty of discussions of typing on Duolingo with good links. Do a search in Duo forums for something like
Cyrillic AND typing or
Russian AND keyboard or some combination of the terms. Here are a few useful ones:
- Cyrillic typing practice
- Russian: the Alphabet . . .
- Tools to improve typing
- Tips on learning a new keyboard layout
- More "alphabet game" learning aids . . .
There are loads more.
IMHO, klavaro (for PC), and the Swedish site mentioned by KaiBark in the first discussion, as well as keybr.com and klavagonki, especially when you are more advanced rather than just beginning, are really good.
Thanks for the link!
Which keyboard layout are you planning to learn?
i m learning the same one with the one that we are using in duolingo, didn't think on the alternatives since it matched the course : ) Just wanted to have a heads up, thinking it may not be discussed It helped me a lot
go Google translate and try to translate name of countries from rus to eng, cuz most of country names are translated by SOUND example : Aмерика = America, Австралия = Austalia and then u did it