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Request: Assign Accented Letters to Numbers!

When typing, it slows things down a lot if we (I at least) have to reach over, scroll over to the button to click the accented letter, then resume typing. So far, I haven't seen the numbers used for anything... maybe that comes later.

Anywya, would you assign the numbers to accented letters, so that we can type without slowing down to get the mouse? If we can't use numbers, how about Ctrl+Letter, or something like that?

Thanks Kindly

August 7, 2013



If you want to type accents or special characters easily, change your keyboard layout to us-international. - Duolingo really needs a guide on how to do this so people know.. If you don't know how to do it, google how for your operating system.


I do not only use my keyboard for duolingo, but I also write a lot in German on it, so it would be very unpractical to switch the layout for just a few lessons every time.

So I like the idea of assinging the special letters to a number, since switching to using a mouse is unpractical while typing. I can do the accents, but I keep deliberately dropping the ~ on n in Spanish since it doesn't give me an error and It's too much of a hassle.


I don't know what operating system you're using, maybe it is complicated, but on Windows all you have to do to switch keyboard layouts is press CTRL + SHIFT and it toggles between the keyboards you've installed.

It takes less than two seconds for me to change from English to Spanish to Portuguese, and of course since English has no accents I don't need to switch back to the English keyboard during a lesson, so it's one two-second switch when I start Duo and one two-second switch when I move on to something else.

Much easier than clicking on accents. The one problem is my Portuguese keyboard doesn't have a question mark key anywhere! They key where it would be on a normal Portuguese keyboard is missing from my physical English keyboard.


Each language has its own keyboard layout that native writers use. Touch typists should practice using those, ideally, I should think, so as not to learn bad habits.


Seeing as how the program's given option is to take my hands off of the keyboard, grab the mouse and hit a button, I don't think they're too worried about that. If that's what you want for yourself, more power to you. For myself, it's enough to try and memorize a couple of thousand of new words or so, as well as a myriad of accompanying rules. I'll save the keyboard mastery for after(if) I learn the language pretty well.

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