D' d' - Czech keyboard layout on Linux


I'm trying to learn Czech keyboard layout using English (/American/Polish) keyboard. It's fine to type ěščřžýáíé letters. But how am I suppose to write letter: [d'] [D']? Here I put only D with apostrophe. Duolingo marks it as a typo. When I use Android there is a separate letter [d'].

August 13, 2019


Right of é and = is the ´ˇ key (on the US keyboard it should be =+). Press that with Shift and after that press d.

August 13, 2019

I should have asked this questions months ago! Thanks for asking the question, Mr. Sova. And thanks for this best of answers, Mr. Fu. Teď!

What about ň, as in kůň? Any hints there?

I think I have all the others.

Edited a few minutes later. Same thing. ňňňň

Shiftˇ´n. Works for everything.

Thanks again!

August 13, 2019

Yes, the ˇ´-key can be used in general for any Czech diacritic: without shift for acute (čárka) e.g. ó, and with shift for caron (háček) e.g. ď or circle in ů. While the most common special symbols are in the number line, it is still necessary to use ˇ´ for accented capital letters.

And a side note: there is a well known standard sentence containing all the Czech special symbols: Příliš žluťoučký kůň úpěl ďábelské ódy. If you can write this one (and also in capital letters), you can write everything. By the way, it means "Too much yellowish horse was screaming (moaning) devil odes."

August 13, 2019

Thanks! Was looking all through Google forums for how to do this and couldn't find it.

September 6, 2019

If you are on Linux, there is also a bit geeky option that I am using: so called UCW Czech layout.

It is not possible to use this layout as a standalone one but it is possible to have the standard US layout as a default, and having UCW Czech turned on while the Capslock key is holded (as a layout switching option). This causes change of the keys to their accented variants, so there is 'á' instread of 'a', 'č' instead of 'c' and so on. For letters with multiple possible accents, the other accent is on a neighbor key, for example Caps+'e' = 'é', Caps+w = 'ě'. And as a bonus, you get a few other accented characters from other alphabets: äěéřťýůíóöášďëŕúüôľžßčçñňĺ.

August 13, 2019

PS. / ALT + D gives Đ / ALT + S gives đ

August 13, 2019

i used an old czech type writer recently. no d' there either.

September 7, 2019

Typewriter keyboards are pretty much the same as the computer keyboard layout. At least the Czech ones. The sequence was the same IIRC.

September 7, 2019
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