https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas.Pela

Accents using iPad

My iPad will not allow me to select accents when using the App. I have updated the operating system to 7.0 and that did not help. Anyone know of a fix? So far, Duolingo gives me a pass and a stern scolding for not entering the accents, but does not count the answer as incorrect. Will it bust me in the future as i progress?

September 24, 2013

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Preusser

Go to Settings then General then Keyboards then Add New Keyboard. Select Italian or French or whatever.

Now, when you want to type something, you will notice a key in the lower left corner of your keyboard with a stylized globe on it. (Round object with lines on it) By touching the Globe key, you can alternate keyboards. Mine for example alternates between English (US) and Deutsch. Now, when you are in the non-English keyboard, touching and holding a key brings up the accented versions and you can select what you need. So... for example, I touch and hold the U (regular U) and up pops the Ü (the U with the two little dots above it).

If this seems complex, don't worry, it's not. Just hard to explain while writing on an iPhone riding on the train.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas.Pela

See my response to kristinemc

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John106293

This works on the ios 12.1.4. It even types ahead in French!

February 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolJean1

I have the same problem, and so far it let's me get away with it. Because of this I tend not to worry too much about accents. I know it's not ideal and I plan to focus on them later. I wonder if I'm missing to much by ignoring accents.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas.Pela

Yes, I am in the same boat. The good news is that Word usually self-corrects and adds accents when writing emails and such (if it's set to the correct language). The bad news is that we aren't learning them. If the software starts marking us wrong as we progress it will be a big problem.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kristinemc

You should be able to see accents by pressing on a specific letter. Accent options will appear. Can you try?

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas.Pela

I have tried this (and Preusser's comments), but it does not work. The iPad just does not recognize the characters on the pop up. Thanks.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Preusser

Okay Nicholas ... using my example from above. You touch and hold the U key and the Ü pops up above it. Now ... without lifting your fingertip, slide it up onto the Ü and then lift it. You should get the accented character.

When you do it, obviously you will be using an Italian accented character, not the Gerrman Ü.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicholas.Pela

OK! Grazie mille!. That works. I see now that the trick is to not "tap" a popup key with another finger, but to SLIDE your finger to the accented character!

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolJean1

This works. Great! No more excuses for not learning accents.

September 25, 2013
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