Duolingo stories in French
It is almost impossible to fill in the blanks correctly without accents on your keyboard. Very few people know the ascii codes for any number of accents
You can install different virtual keyboards. That's what I do. In Windows it's as easy as typing apostrophe,e for é and in MacOSX it's as easy as option-E,e. You get used to it pretty quickly. I can do timed practices without the accents slowing me down much at all now.
This is more of a Troubleshooting question than a question about French grammar/vocab/pronunciation.
Oh WOW ! Thank you for this. I have learned something new.
To explain this in ... lets say "Roo Speak" :
To find out how to load different keyboards in Windows.
And select : US keyboard,
go to your PC setting and change it to US-International.
You need to be aware of the functions now available to you by using these keys.
- The BACK QUOTE (``) key, which is on the tilde key ( ~ ) , in the top right corner of the keyboard.
- The CIRCUMFLEX (^) key, which is located on the (7) key.
- The APOSTROPHE (') key, and the QUOTATION MARK (") key located on the same key , two keys to the right of the (L).
- And also the (Shift) key.
There are 5 French accents:
|character||how to||character name|
|ç||hold APOSTROPHE + (c)||cédille|
|é||hold APOSTROPHE + (e)||aigu|
|à, è, ù||hold BACK QUOTE + (a) or (e) or (u)||grave|
|â, ê, î, ô, û,||hold SHIFT + CIRCUMFLEX, release, press (a) or (e) or (i) or (o) or (u)||circonflexe|
|ë, ï, ü||hold SHIFT + QUOTATION MARK, release, press (e) or (i) or (u)||tréma|
As Lrtward said, you can install a software keyboard for your device. The procedure depends on what device and/or operating system you are using, but is quite simple in any case. Then you can easily type in the accents when you need them.
For French you might prefer a Canadian or International or Spanish keyboard, as the standard French keyboard has several keys situated where you do not expect them, which makes switching between and typing on the English and French keyboards rather a bother (it is AZERTY rather than QWERTY, the M and , [comma] are reversed, etc.). But the standard French keyboard is of course a viable choice, if that's what you want.
Using ALT-codes to type accents is slower, as when using them on average you depress at least twice as many keys per accented letter, and I would not recommend it.