How to type ओेर (wrong) on Hindi keyboard?
New to Hindi. Plz be gentle.
I've been trying to use the Bolnagri keyboard for Hindi, using the DuoKeyboard extension in Firefox, and there is one letter in particular that I am having trouble with.
It is the first letter in the word for "and," and it appears in the word for "woman" as well, I believe. It is hard to replicate my error here since the keyboard extension only appears in the excercises, but my attempt at the word for "and" looks like this: ओेर.
When I hit the AltGr key, there is a character that looks like the "a" letter equivalent with one hair sticking out the top. So I tried adding another hair with the keyboard, but apparently that is wrong. If I try adding anything directly to the "a" letter, it doesn't work.
Any tips? I definitely prefer learning how to type/write rather than selecting from a word bank.
This is the layout of the Bolnagri keyboard. Since औ is on level 4 of the 'o' key, you need to press Shift+AltGr+o to get it (as Darius568602 says).
Diacritics like ो, े or ौ can be added only to consonants so you can't get ओ or औ by applying them to the vowel अ, which is to say that the end result will look correct but will not represent the right unicode character.
Does "Bolnagri" mean "phonetic" in Hindi, or something like "spoken" (because of "bolna")? I use that layout too, but didn't know this name.
I do not think too much when typing as this is a really intuitive layout. Instead of thinking in levels, my rule of thumb is that pressing shift aspires consonants and lengthens vowels, and that pressing alt produces standalone vowels, so lengthening a standalone vowels means both keys together.
It's a play on the words 'bolna' (speak) and 'Devnagri'(देवनागरी) which is the name of the script in which Hindi is written.
Also, what you have is a good rule of thumb but just to clear things up for someone new to Hindi that might be reading, औ is not lengthened ओ (and ऐ is not lengthened ए).