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Windows Russian Mnemonic Keyboard - Typing in Cyrillic

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Windows 10 Russian Mnemonic Keyboard

Unfortunately, I don't know how to load an image of a keyboard with the Russian-English equivalents set out here, so this is the best guide I have been able to come up with.

I suggest that English speakers use the Russian Mnemonic keyboard. Identical letters such as a, e, m, and o occupy the same keys in both languages. Russian equivalent letters with characters which differ from their Engish counterparts in form but not function occupy the English letter equivalent to the Russian character: the Russian “i” = “и” is entered in Russian text by pressing the “i” key on your keyboard. Similarly, the Russian “r” = “р” is entered by pressing the “r” on the keyboard. [This text is being written using [Windows key + SpaceBar] to move easily back and forth between keyboards.]

Some Russian letters have no direct English equivalent, and must simply be learned. Pressing English “x”, for example, produces Russian “ж” and English “w” produces Russian “ш”.

In order to enable the Russian Mnemonic keyboard, first you will have to load the Russian language module in Control Panel/Languages/add a language. When the Module is loaded, return to Control Panel/Languages/ Русский and click on options. Inside options, click on add an input device. From the list of keyboards that appears, select Russian – Mnemonic, then click on “add”. When you are returned to the list of languages, click on “save”, then exit Control Panel.

You can switch among keyboards by pressing the Windows button and Space-bar. You also find a keyboard-selection button on the taskbar. In using the Mnemonic keyboard, some Russian letters and pronunciation marks do not appear immediately when the key is pressed, but require the pressing of an additional key or the spacebar in order to appear. You will have to do some trial-and-error to figure this out.

Some Russian characters require the pressing of two keys in quick succession, such as “ju” or "yu" to get “ю”.

In using the following chart, you switch to the Windows 10 Russian Mnemonic keyboard using the Win + Space-bar combination or selecting the Russian Keyboard from the task-bar. You press the key(s) listed under the English Keyboard header to get the Russian letter under the Русский Алфабит (Russian Alphabet)

Identical letters:
Русский Алфавит = English Keyboard

а А = a A
е Е = e E
к К = k K
м М = m M
о О = o O
т Т = t T

Russian equivalents
Русский Алфавит = English Keyboard

б Б = b B
д Д = d D
ф Ф = f F
г Г = g G
л Л = l L
и И = i I
н Н = n N
п П = p P
р Р = r R
с С = s S
у У = u U
в В = v V
з З = z Z

Other Russian Letters
Русский Алфавит = English Keyboard

ы Ы = y Y + Space-bar
ц Ц = c C + Space-bar
х Х = h H
й Й = j J + Space-bar
ш Ш = w W
ж Ж = x X
я Я = q Q or ja JA
щ Щ = sc SC
ч Ч = ch CH
ё Ё = jo JO or yo YO
э Э = je JE or ye YE
ю Ю = ju JU or yu YU

Russian Pronunciation “letters”
Русский Алфавит = English Keyboard**

ь Ь = ’ ”
ъ Ъ = ` ~

Some characters must be entered using “Alt-Codes”. You hold down the Alt-key, enter four numbers on the keypad (including beginning “0”), then release the Alt-key, and the symbol appears:

— = Alt+0151
« = Alt+0171 (Left Angle Quote)
» = Alt+0187 (Right Angle Quote)

All the Russian characters could be entered this way, using different numbers, but why bother when you can use the Russian keyboards.

Some other symbols:

¡ = Alt+0161
¿ = Alt+0191

ç Alt+0231
æ = Alt+0230
œ = Alt+0156
ª = Alt+0170 (Feminine Ordinal) º = Alt+0186 (Masculine Ordinal)

€ = Alt+0128
£ = Alt+0163
© = Alt+0169
® = Alt+0174
÷ = Alt+0247
§ = Alt+0167

Do not try to use the Windows virtual keyboard, because that is missing a number of Russian letters.

9 months ago

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I sell Russian keyboard stickers but have never used them on my laptop keyboard, should probably do that, learning russian layout is my prefered option rather than using a mnemonic keyboard layout as some letters dont fit and then u end up learning the wrong layout.

Easier using a phone as keyboard as it's not physical and is easily modifiable, also many easily accesable apps.

9 months ago

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Virtual keyboards are the work of Satan.

9 months ago

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Well, in Windows you might use Russian IME. Try searching on Google how to activate it. So that way you just need to write the words in Russian and the system automatically will translate/write it for you.

link: https://hmemcpy.com/2011/08/type-in-russian-or-any-other-language-with-google-ime/

I use it for Japanese.

こんにちわ! さよなら!

9 months ago

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Jeffrey855877 - Thank you very much for this - most fascinating. I studied Russian many years ago but have forgotten most of it. However in those days it was pen and paper. I will now strive to conquer the Russian keyboard. Do have a lingot.

9 months ago

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phopkins1 has provided the layout for you, Jeffrey855877. And thanks for listing the ALT-codes for some of the punctuation!

Typing on a Cyrillic keyboard is definitely the way to go. But two keys to produce one letter? I'm way glad I did not learn that keyboard! Not only that but the layout is not portable, as key placement is different across operating systems. Read this, for instance, and many other discussions, such as this one, rather standard for Duo, that can easily be found w/ a simple search.

The standard 'ЙЦУКЕН' keyboard, mentioned by phopkins1, does take slightly longer to learn, but not much, and it is standard, so once you've learned it you can type with ease on any computer. There are plenty of discussions in Duo forums of how to learn to touch-type on a Cyrillic keyboard. (If you cannot find them, don't hesitate to ask.)

9 months ago

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ello

9 months ago
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