https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

It seems I cannot do this course without a Greek keyboard...

I don't understand why my answers using the equivalent letters in English aren't being accepted. (I have a Spanish keyboard.) I used to be able to speak Greek at a survival level (I lived there for some years) but have forgotten most of it and would love to be able to revive at least what I used to know.

March 3, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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HOW TO GET THE GREEK KEYBOARD These links will not only show you how to get the Greek keyboard but also how to find the Greek letters on it, how to add accents etc.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22040507 It will also help you learn the alphabet and where to find other

HOW TO GET THE GREEK KEYBOARD https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23430663

THE GREEK ALPHABET https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22424028

And here is another to help you navigate Duolingo

FAQ - General Questions, Bugs Reports https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23799672

Some simple hints to get you started:

  1. Always read the comments before posting.

  2. Read the Tips notes right below the list of lessons on your Homepage

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These are the official Duolingo guidelines which you should read.

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And these will answer lots of questions about how Duo works. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8000024

If you have questions just ask.

March 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

Thank you very much for all your helpful comments. It seems, however, that I shall have to give up Greek for the time-being as my keyboard is Spanish and, if I convert to a Greek / English keyboard, I'll lose the Spanish one. What a shame! Have a lingot.

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Spoonashy

Are you sure that you will lose the Spanish one? I am pretty sure (at least if you are using Windows, and I assume Macs would have the same functionality) that you can add as many keyboard layouts to your operating system as you like, and then you can switch between them using key combos. On my laptop I can switch between keyboard languages by pressing Windows Key + Spacebar (I think that is the default combo), and on my desktop I have three languages active (English, Greek, and Russian) which I can change on the fly just using key combos (which you can set yourself).

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

This is very interesting. As you will gather, I'm not very computer literate, so I have two questions for you: 1) Will adding a third keyboard use up more hard-drive space (I'm very, very low); and 2) How do I add the Greek keyboard to my Spanish / English one? Have a Lingot.

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/D_..
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    Don't add a third keyboard, just use an English International one that allows you to type accents (therefore can type Spanish and French with it too) alongside the Greek monotonic one. :)

    I tried having a French keyboard early on alongside the EN and GR - no fun. Just no.

    Mine is the US International keyboard, I'm not sure if other 'International' versions are available.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Many thanks for your suggestion.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Spoonashy

    Hmm, I think for Windows they are already on disk, but even if they are not, their size should be so small that it is negligible.

    You can check out the one link that Jaye posted above: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23430663

    In particular, this https://billmounce.com/freegreekfont/unicode-windows (even if you use another guide, check out steps 8 (all parts of step 8!), 9, and 10 to see how to switch between keyboard layouts. Also take a look at Step 5. When you get to this step you should see that Spanish is already there, and that you are just adding (and not replacing) it!

    p.s. Choose the "Greek" language and not the "Greek Polytonic" as shown in the Step 5

    sorry if I did not explain this very well, I hastily typed it up since I'm about to walk out the door, I can answer any questions you may have when I am back!

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

    p.s. Choose the "Greek" language and not the "Greek Polytonic" as shown in the Step 5

    The layouts of 'Greek' and 'Greek Polytonic' are identical (on Windows 7 and 10, at any rate); the polytonic version simply includes the facility to use extra diacritics, should one ever want to, but it makes no difference when typing Modern Greek with just two.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Many thanks for all your help. Have a Lingot.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

    I don't understand why my answers using the equivalent letters in English aren't being accepted.

    Do you not? It would be very odd if Duolingo accepted English answers typed in approximated phonetic Greek characters.

    March 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Indeed. You have a point, there. Have a Lingot.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

    To get a Greek keyboard, the steps are where the grammar is located under the "Basics 1 Lesson".

    March 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Thanks. The problem is I have a Spanish keyboard (which I also need) and if I convert to the Greek / English keyboard, I'll lose it.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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    I am working on the web with Windows 7 and also on a mobile and I have three languages. I'm sure most computers can handle more than 2 keyboards. Try google and YouTube for instructions.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    For some reason there's no Reply tab on your last posting, so I'm answering here. Thank you so much for your help. It is much appreciated. Have a Lingot.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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    Yes, sometimes there is no Reply tab because there were a lot of answers so what you did was exactly right. Just go to another "Reply tab". I got the notification.

    Thanks for the lingot I hope you find the solution to the keyboard issue. Let me know if you need help. We are looking forward to having you in the Greek-English community of learners.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Thank you for being so kind and welcoming. I think I shall have to get hold of an IT guy and talk the keyboard issue over with him. I use Windows 7 and my laptop is very ancient and it does bizarre and horrific things, like suddenly wiping out every email sent by me for the past 5 years! For this reason, I'm really nervous about messing around with it in any way. Thanks, again, for all your help.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/PeterWestberg

    You can add as many keyboard layouts you like, switch between them and they will not consume disk space at all. I have Swedish, Norvegian, English and Greek on my computer.

    The selector is down-right on your screen. two or three letter country code.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    Thanks. Perhaps I'm being obtuse but I don't know what you mean by "down right".

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/konosp

    Down right on the screen.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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    I have done some research and comparing the US keyboard and the Mexican/Spanish keyboard I do not see any differences.

    See here: http://kbd-intl.narod.ru/english/layouts

    Just scroll down and you'll see the US English keyboard, your Spanish keyboard and further down the Greek keyboard. There are not many differences.

    So, give it a try.

    March 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/Kazmax1

    I don't have anything "down right" on my screen, so I am none the wiser. But thanks, anyway. My main problem right now, though, is that all the info on adding languages seems to be based on having an English physical keyboard and mine is a Spanish one (I live in Mexico), which of course is fine for English, as well. But if I were to add Greek, the letters would not be in synch with my Spanish letters...if you get my drift?

    March 4, 2018
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