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How to write if diacritic isnʼt avaible?

I know how add and use Czech keyboard, but I wonder: is here any standart with only English letters? Example of German: letter with umlaut → letter + e.

How would you write č, í etc?

6/28/2018, 10:59:35 PM

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The Czech language doesn't use any transliteration for letters with diacritics - if necessary, we just ignore the diacritics. Some people actually don't bother with typing the diacritics in chat and other informal texts. The resulting text is a bit harder to read, but mostly works.

6/29/2018, 7:44:23 AM

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Oh, I get it. I thought that you do like: á→aa, č→cz or kinda of this.

6/29/2018, 1:00:34 PM

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No, we don't. Simply á→a, č→c.

6/29/2018, 1:59:18 PM

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well I use the Finnish multilingual keyboard

here to type čďěňřšťž you press alt gr+' then c/d/e/n/r/s/t/z
to type áéíóúý you press ´+a/e etc.
to type ů you press shift+alt gr+å then u

there are also other keyboards where you can type the diacritics this way, for example Romanian

also Hungarian and Croatian have them but they are QWERTZ instead of QWERTY

6/29/2018, 1:26:24 AM

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actually there is also "Romanian programmers keyboard" which is the same as a US keyboard but you can type the accents with Alt Gr, so I guess this is the best option

6/29/2018, 1:48:47 AM

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As I said, I know how to write, I asked about situation when imposible to do this.

6/29/2018, 12:57:53 PM

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As has been mentioned, the alternative is simply to do without the diacritics.

Years ago I asked a Czech friend what would happen if you wrote without diacritics and he said: ”Nothing, people will just think you're abroad and don't have access to a Czech keyboard”.

In that sense it is sort of like Arabic or Hebrew, where the vowel marks are mostly superfluous for fluent speakers.

I do find it a lot more difficult to read without diacritics though, and there is a good chance that I will mispronounce any personal names or words that I am unfamiliar with.

8/20/2018, 10:43:45 AM
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