Use of keyboard

I've recently started learning Greek (which, of course, has a different alphabet...) and very early on the system stopped presenting me with the keyboard option on the screen. It appears that my only option is to use a Greek keyboard on my Apple Mac! This is far too early for me to have to learn this. I raised a fault and no response, duo lingo!

July 29, 2019


Thank you for your response but these links appear to be how to add a Greek keyboard to that of my computer. I already know how to do that... The point I was making was that I didn't want to have to do that quite so soon in the lessons and would rather continue using the on-screen greek letter/word options provided by duolingo but beyond a few lessons that option disappears.

July 29, 2019

Oops, sorry! I think this has to do with the structure of the course. I see you are on level 6. According to the developers, you should start become acquainted with the Greek keyboard... I'm afraid you have no other option... But, if I may, why you want to do that? Do you believe that you are not ready yet? If the problem is that, I would suggest not to be afraid. As you continue studying, you will be familiar sooner than you imagine. The differences with the Latin keyboard are not so great. I hope my words have not disappointed you or discouraged you from continuing with the lessons.

I wish you wholeheartedly good luck! :-)

July 29, 2019

Okay thanks, that clears it up. It's a learning preference: I love to learn like a child, listening and speaking before I focus too much on the writing. I know doulingo forces that writing step rather early but having to use a keyboard makes it just another 'intellectual' step rather than naturally absorbing the language, if you get my drift. But I may just come back to duolingo for Greek (I am using a Michel Thomas CD course now) once I have progressed a bit more...

July 29, 2019

It is the same in other courses, such as Hebrew or Hindi. It is a bit daunting in the beginning, although Greek is much closer to the Latin alphabet than Hebrew, let alone Devanagari (Hindi). But typing in the original writing system will help you learn much faster. It is a far more active way to learn. And you get used to it soon enough. The letters that are similar are mostly on the same place on the keyboard. a = α, b = β. g = γ etc. You really only need to learn the ones that have no equivalent in the (english) latin alphabet.

July 29, 2019
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If you use the links in the comment by #Giovanni-10" you'll not only find how to access your Greek keyboard but also tips on how to find the letters on it and a lot more.

The lessons start with very simple words and phrases and that's the best way to become accustomed to the keyboard.

August 1, 2019

For me, the only way to do the exercises is on a device with a virtual keyboard--i.e. either my phone or my Android tablet. It's very easy to switch between Greek and English if you enable Gboard as your keyboard, and accented characters are also a breeze to type (just long-press!) iOS probably has something similar, I imagine.

The only downside is that you won't be able to see the Hints and Tips if you're using the Duolingo app instead of the desktop version. I sometimes get around this problem by displaying the Hints and Tips page on my computer while doing the exercises on the phone or tablet. That way, I can see everything I need to see at the same time, though it can be a pain using two devices at once.

August 5, 2019
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