DuoKeyboard and KeyBoard Layout Switching
I am using Hebrew as an example but it applies to any language that needs to change keyboard layouts. This switching back and forth is THE LARGEST inhibitor to progress on this platform.
The MOST cumbersome thing about Duolingo is switching from English to Hebrew or Hebrew to English keyboard formats. There are two solutions to this. Duolingo could naively implement the capabilities of the Chrome add-on called DuoKeyboard or they can give an option to do Hebrew to English sentences first and then English to Hebrew...in other words group them together so that during any one lesson all one has to do is switch language keyboard formats once.
I would use DuoKeyboard but the last few weeks it stopped working and the developer has been radio silent. So something natively supported in the Duolingo would be better, far better.
Agreed. I believe the simplest solution would be to implement the capabilities of the DuoKeyboard add-on. I've reported the problem as well and have not received a response. Anyway, I would prefer not to have another extension. I hope Duolingo sees this post and considers adding this function if it is possible to do it.
I use a keyboard shortcut to switch. On Windows, I think the default is to use the Windows key and space bar, but I always found it easier to use alt-shift, which is also allowed. Also if you don't mind all English sentences in caps, turn on the Hebrew layout and then hit the caps lock on for English, or off for hebrew.
I use this method as well, but I often go fast enough to start in one language when I should be typing in the other, then I have to delete what I typed and switch keyboards and then start again. It is too cumbersome if one goes at any sort of speed.
Well, nothing beats automatic, I guess, especially over forgetting to switch layouts, which I do also. But I also find it automatic to use alt-shift now. Maybe you could try switching the L/R alt/shift idk if that would help or not. We can be glad we don't have multiple languages though, that would be a pain.
Yes, DuoKeyboard is broken now so I'm using Chrome and the Google Input Tools extension. I made Alt+H be the shortcut to switch to Hebrew and it's very fast and easy to toggle between English and Hebrew with that. It's a great second best approach.
How do you make Alt+H be your shortcut? I just added the Google Input Tools extension, so don't know how to use it yet. Would like any shortcut I can get!
Sherry, this video explains, even though it is outdated: https://www.google.com/inputtools/chrome/ (look for the part on finding and clicking the toolbar icon of the extension which drops a menu. Note there are two menu choices now, the second menu being the keyboard shortcut settings option).
Thanks, Avimelech, I had already been using the input tools for a couple days. It does give the keyboard, but the keyboard sometimes covers up something I want to see. However, it's a good work-around.
I just tried it -- it works! Thanks so much! I LOVE that extension! Many thanks to the developer!
As described in this sticky post, it's possible to use the keyboard layout switching that your system provides as an alternative to using a browser extension.
Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the fact that it is tedious to continually switch between various keyboard layouts.
At the beginning i used online hebrew keyboards like http://de.loderi.com/hebrew-virtual-keyboard-online No question, it is not a fast way to write, but it is a good training for beginners and after a while you have a good feeling for hebrew letters and where they are on your own keyboad. It makes it easier to use the own keyboard with the windows switch method. I use the shortcuts ctrl + alt + 1 or 2 to switch between english and hebrew on Windows.
I completely agree! This post totally addresses the issues I have. I'm having trouble remembering the Hebrew letters, so I can't go any further in my current lesson because I can't remember the Hebrew letters to type the required English sentences in Hebrew. Help, somebody?
Janet, as I posted just above your post, use Google Input Tools extension in Chrome. It shows you an onscreen keyboard you can type on or just use as a reference as you type on your keyboard in Hebrew. See this screenshot to see what i mean: https://pasteboard.co/HAHdVIY.png
Shalom Aleichem, Avimelech! Thanks so much for the info. Will try it out. Hope Duo can get their Hebrew keyboard working again.
Hi Janet, if you can use 2 screens; at the moment I have a link with the Hebrew Keyboard Layout on the right (https://sites.google.com/site/brewinghebrew/_/rsrc/1224627879358/Home/hebrew-keyboard-layout/WeKbd.gif) which I make bigger also to 300% and to the left DuoLingo. Hope this can help...
Something supported natively by Duolingo would be nice but realistically they seem unlikely to do it. However it would be nice if they could avoid changes to their site that unexpectedly break the existing extensions. Maybe warn the developers beforehand so a fix can be prepared in advance? I have used the Duokeyboard extension for a long time but recently a change to Duolingo rendered it useless.
There is now a developer comment dated 21 April on the Firefox extension page "The fix is almost ready, currently testing it and it is expected to be released this week." but I think the extension is so valuable we should be happy to have a fix whenever it is ready.