Keyboard issues with Latin to Cyrillic
I have had quite some trouble trying to use Russian on Duolingo when on a compouter. Due to the Cyrillic alphabet being used in Russian, when typing using one with latin I am unable to complete the neccesary exercises due to a lack of system support from duolingo. Sure, changing the keyboard responses are an option, however that would leave me guessing where the proper keys are. May i suggest a digital keyboard that would serve the purpose of being clicked by the mouse? Buying a keyboard in Cyrillic is nothing i would like to be forced to resort to. Besides, Duolingo is known for being free and excellent, having to buy a keyboard would be a letdown. This would benefit:
Users with a touchscreen
Users not willing to buy a new keyboard
New users, as they may otherwise leave quickly in disappointment not realising what they're missing out on.
This is what I suggest, I am doing it myself:
Add mnemonic russian keyboard to your used layouts, and simply swap with Alt+SHIFT when you need it.
When you need to latin letters, you simply switch back.
I don't believe, pressing two extra letters would be so bad.
Yes, I completely agree. I tried doing Russian, and the same problem happened with me.
The best thing to do for the long run is to decide which kind of keyboard layout you want to use, a "phonetic" one or the standard Russian one, load onto your computer/device the free version of it that is provided by your operating system, and learn to touch-type on it. That's what people do who have long-term success with Russian.
You do not need a special hardware keyboard. To learn the keys (i.e., to touch-type) you can (select one) use an online or downloadable app, use a printout or screen popup of the layout you wish to know and refer to it until you have learned it, make up your own practice files and use them (it's how I learned, and I'll explain if you ask), put the Cyrillic letter names on the keys using stickers or some kind of marker and keep looking at them as needed.
Neither type of keyboard layout takes at all long to learn, although a "phonetic" one is probably a little easier (but I type on the standard layout and suggest you use it, for what that's worth). Once you've learned--and as you're learning--you'll get so much practice that you'll soon be an ace.
Here is an introduction to all this written by one of the course developers several years ago. If you have any questions, ask--you know, questions like, say, "Which online application is recommended?" if that's the method you would like to use to learn.
Learning to fluently type Cyrillic characters on a computer does not take long at all, so long as you work at it every day while learning.
What I did was:
write the alphabet on paper with very small letters, along a line. Cut the line with the letters out of the paper. Stick transparent tape along it so that the paper lies in the middle. Now cut the letters across one by one, and you have a little square with a letter and tape on the upper and lower sides. Stick them on the side of the keys so that you can still see the printed letter. By the time they will start to come off you'll have hopefully learned to touch-type.
I managed to have Latin, Greek and Cyrillic on my keyboard this way.