Typing French Accents
Hello, I'm learning french on duo but I have problems with typing french accents. I have installed french keyboard but it doesn't contain all of the accents so I can't type all accents and not in every exercise duo gives you the option to select them so I wanted to know that does someone know a way of typing them? And my other question is that do I need to type them since when you use the alternative letters without accents duo accepts it as a correct answer so if I don't type them is it correct or is it incorrect???
❝ And my other question is that do I need to type them since when you use the alternative letters without accents duo accepts it as a correct answer so if I don't type them is it correct or is it incorrect??? ❞
Accents are not optional in french. There are no alternative letters without accents.
Stated another way, mhs, it is helpful to think of e, è, and é as three completely different letters, and not one letter with (or without) marks. Then you will see that spelling the word for "coffee" as cafe rather than café is just as incorrect as spelling "coffee" as "koffee".
Timor mortis conturbat me. 2020-05-20
Duo accepts all French without accents - but only because it is accommodating the issue some people have with typing them. If it is possible to type them, you should (and there are ways of typing them on all tech whether you have a French keyboard installed or not - check for your specific set-up based on your OS and tech type - phones, tablets and laptops all have different ways).
Although Duolingo accepts answers without accents as "correct", the accents are absolutely required for your French to actually be correct.
I use the Canadian French keyboard on Windows. To type grave ( ` ) accents I use the apostrophe ( ' ) key followed by the letter.
For ç I type right bracket ( ] ) followed by c.
For é type slash ( / ).
For circonflexe ( ^ ) type left bracket ( [ ) followed by the letter.
And for tréma ( ¨ ) type right curly bracket ( } ) followed by the letter.
Once you turn on the keyboard in settings you can switch keyboards using Windows key + space.
Accents are not optional in French. "Tres," "garcon," "electrique," and "frere" are all misspellings. The fact that Duo accepts them should not be taken as a reason to learn, or settle for, incorrect spelling.
I use the US International keyboard on my Windows computer. Instructions for installation can be found via Google.