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keyboard shortcuts

are there keyboard shoetcuts for letters that exist in french but do not appear on the english keyboard?

8/26/2012, 3:23:54 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/anomalocaris
8/26/2012, 4:09:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/jammydodger123

okay, this might sound like I'm being rude but the only way is to copy and paste the letters off google translate(This is what I do), or look at this website: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/bylanguage/french.html

8/26/2012, 3:55:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt
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Nice, I kept struggling on my mac and now I have written down the codes.

8/26/2012, 4:02:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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For mac OSX : Go to System Preferences / Choose International / Change the system operating language to French

8/26/2012, 5:26:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noamelad

thanks everyone! i didn't expect so many good answers so quick thing is, i've been wondering if i can get to the letters that appear on screen (when practicing French with Duolingo) without using the mouse. in other words, are there any Duolingo keyboard shortcuts (for the accented vowels) for the lazy who won't want to change their keyboard settings (and who don't want to use the mouse every time an accent is used in a french word)

8/26/2012, 5:34:40 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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In other words, are there any Duolingo keyboard shortcuts (for the accented vowels) for the lazy who won't want to change their keyboard settings

No, there are none of these.

I'd suggest you to change your keyboard layout to US (International). It is the same as the usual US layout plus some accents. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#US-International

8/26/2012, 7:20:09 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/noamelad

cool, thanks

8/26/2012, 8:17:54 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lpacker
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You don't need to change your keyboard setting. There are keypad codes. For instance, alt+128 = Ç, alt+136 = ê, alt+133 = à ... see http://french.about.com/od/writing/ss/typeaccents_7.htm

8/26/2012, 9:31:08 PM

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Those keypad codes look nice but they might take much longer than a single mouse click to pick the right letter, don't they?

8/27/2012, 7:31:08 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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Changing a keyboard setting takes a few seconds. It may be uncomfortable to ADD a new layout (French), but US (International) keyboard layout can replace your US layout without any inconveniences. And it allows you to enter accented characters.

I had been using a custom typography layout before I started to learn French. Then I modified it a bit by adding dead keys for accented letters :)

8/27/2012, 9:44:12 AM

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@sitesurf - they don't take longer for me. Of course, I know them by heart and can type them with my eyes closed. I can't imagine trying to compose in French while stopping every few characters to click my mouse on a virtual keyboard or something!

8/27/2012, 3:55:39 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ozdoc

I use OSX Mountain Lion. Without changing anything if you hold down the letter to be accented a pop-up box appears and you hit the number key corresponding to the accent you want. For example, ç is c-1. Dead simple. If someone knows how to do superscripts from the keyboard I'd love to know.

8/29/2012, 2:03:56 PM
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