https://www.duolingo.com/P_Badau

How can I type well in Russian (Or At Least Memorize the Keyboard)?

Privet! I have recently started learning the language of Russian. I'm not going to bore you with all the details of WHY. But i'm interested. I come across frequently some questions, where I am supposed to type the Cyrillic Script, or the Russian Alphabet. Now, at first I checked the hints (hovering over the word), but it came up in Russian. I've changed my keyboard to Russian, and tried typing it like English, but the letters are different then the English, so A might not be the a in the Cyrillic Script. How may I go about doing this, the only way I can see going forward with this, is copying the letters, or memorizing the corresponding English key for the Russian key. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please tell me if this is for the Troubleshooting section, if that is so, I will re-post there after deleting this one. Spasibo!

8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoDutra
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I highly recommend you buy a Russian keyboard... Another recommendation is to buy stickers with the Cyrillic alphabet to stick on the letters of your keyboard (if you don't buy a Russian keyboard). Okay, if you are not able to do any of this options, go to this website: https://www.keybr.com/ and keep practising a lot to remember where the letters are. Just set the setting accordingly to the Russian layout.

I hope you can solve your problem. Take care!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.C.Fink
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If you are working with a desktop of laptop you can download a Cyrillic keyboard and toggle back and forth between the English keyboard and the Russian. Better than stickers, you can buy quite cheaply a silicon mask that fits right over your physical keyboard with the characters from both keyboards over each key.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica4201
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I believe there are layouts out there that try to fit the QWERTY design, and of course you can make your own layout if you know how. But if you're planning on learning the standard Russian keyboard(which I recommend), you can do what I did and come up with some mnemonic for each key. After that it shouldn't take long before you're typing like normal.

Here are some that I remember from when I did this, in Cyrillic -> QWERTY form:

О -> J (Orange Juice, or OJ for short)

Д -> L (DownLoad, or DL for short)

И -> B (a mirror image of the N key to its right)

Ф -> A and А -> F (these two simply trade places)

С -> C (the absolute easiest one to remember ^_^)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu
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I learned the Russian keyboard switching my keyboard language to Russian and keeping the on-screen keyboard in the corner of my screen to look up the keys. But I typed with my keyboard. It works well but I'm far away from typing as fast as I do with my native keyboard.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dirk-Roggeveen

http://translit.net/ Here you will find all your answers :-)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexus1237

hello! I to had this problem, what I find helps is an on-screen keyboard. if you go to your computers search bar on the bottom left and search "keyboard" then it will pop up, every computer/laptop should have and on-screan keybrad, then all you have to do is change the language and done! I hope this helps!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kanetary

Seems like you've installed the russian IME already? Go back to the menu where you installed the language pack on your computer and go into the options for that language. For Win10 it's Settings>Time & Language>Region & Language. If you click on "Русский" it brings up a "Options" menu, once there you should see either 'Change Input Methed' or 'Add a Keyboard'. What you are looking for is called Russian - Mnemonic (яшерты). After you've added that you can remove the regular russian keyboard if you wish.

This keyboard is a phonetic one for learning purposes, you can type just like you would in english. If you typed Apple while using it it would come out as Аппле.

Things to note if you use this method: the Y(ы), S(с), J(й), and C(ц) keys special in that they won't type anything if you hit them once. That is because they are part or key combinations are give you different character. For example typing the following will produce :

y-a ➜ я / y-o ➜ ё

y-u ➜ ю / y-e ➜ э

s-c ➜ щ / s-h ➜ ш

c-h ➜ ч / j-o/u/e ➜ ё/ю/э

The downside to this of course is that you won't develop the muscle memory to use a real russian keyboard, should you have to use one in the future.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P_Badau

Thank you for all of your answers! They have helped me a lot!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dirk-Roggeveen

Your welcome (YW) :-)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PycLearner

Don't bother with virtural keyboards, please get russian keyboard stickers. They let you learn the correct layout and also remind you to learn russian :)

btw you can get them cheap, they're only 1-2USD with postage from Ebay or Amazon

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KellyF12
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You can buy Russian keyboard coves for your keyboard for any computer. It really helped me find the letters easily, and after that it just comes with practice.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casiii-Russian-Ultrathin-Silicone-Keyboard-Turquoise-Blue/dp/B078QK35FG/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1527679662&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=russian+keyboard+cover&psc=1

8 months ago
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