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

Double Graduation: Ukrainian and Norwegian (Bokmål) are now in beta!

Good news for those of you who speak English — you can now start learning Norwegian (Bokmål) AND Ukrainian here on Duolingo. They graduated to beta at the exact same time and of course that makes this exactly double exciting. And them... twins?

If you started going through the trees now, that would make you a beta tester. This means you now have the opportunity to help the expert megastar contributors test the course and find potential errors, missing translations and bugs. When several people report the same mistake, the issue bubbles up to the surface and this is how they know what to fix first.

I met people from both teams in Berlin and must say, these courses seem amazing.

Thanks for your patience and we hope you enjoy the courses. Check out their new forums or leave a message telling us all why this matters to you.

Contributors and course creators: Thank you for what you do!

May 21, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

This is the Norwegian team, struggling to finish up before beta:

puppy

May 21, 2015

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

... and the Ukrainian team mastering Incubator's tricks: alt text

May 21, 2015

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

Okay, both these gifs are amaaaaazing and hilarious :D

May 22, 2015

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

Aw love this <3

May 22, 2015

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

Hahaha, that GIFS funny

May 23, 2015

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

aww <3

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/minicook827

Sooo cute go puppy go...

May 23, 2015

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

hah

May 23, 2015

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

LOL, great gifs!

May 25, 2015

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

ADORABLE!!!! What kind of dog is that? Is it a Pomeranian? Those are my favourites of all time. What does it have to do with the "struggling to finish up before beta" though?

December 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Erven.R

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/taihuynh1993

don't leave me alone :V

May 22, 2015

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

These are 2 courses that I've especially looked forward to, so I'm especially excited about this. I'm learning Norwegian for a couple of motivational reasons (interest in their culture and for potential travel); and I'm going to learn Ukrainian after Norwegian because I'm interested in the Donetsk conflict and many of my ancestors came from Ukraine. Really excited to learn both- thanks so much to Iorua, alek_d, luke51991, Deliciae, SergioRuido, vovakondrat77, IrynaKrups, Darktroyd, meronam, Kebus14, and the Duolingo team for making this a reality. :)

May 21, 2015

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

Gratulon al ambaŭ kursoj! :)

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luke_5.1991

Dankon!

May 22, 2015

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

Mi komprenis ĉi tiun! :D

May 23, 2015

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

...cxi tion

May 23, 2015

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

Дякую!

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

Starting Norwegian after 242 days of Danish and Swedish since it started has been so fun. The relationship is even closer than I expected and the course seems really well presented. I got through the first 9 modules today and I am impressed. I did a bit of Ukrainian too, but I think I will leave that one on a slow simmer and just do a small bit at a time, since I am mostly focussing on the German languages right now.

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nebelung1

Yes, you will probably be surprised how close the three languages are.

Swedish is my native language and I understand most Norwegian and Danish with little effort (especially written, sometimes the Danish/Norwegian dialects can be hard to understand)!

Icelandic is a lot more different though, it is like Norwegian rewound 1000 years back in time (with other words, you can't really understand it unless you make an effort to learn Icelandic specifically)!

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4oh4

I've heard that often when Swedes and Danes talk to each other, they have such a hard time that they end up speaking English. I don't know if this is always true, but it certainly makes alot of sense, in a comical way. I've also heard that Swedes find Danish and Norwegian dialects to even be comedy in themselves, particularly Danish ones. I agree, and I barely speak Norsk-Dansk-Svenka. ;)

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nebelung1

Yes nowadays that is very much the case, because (almost) everyone talks English in the Nordic countries. English is used as a common "middle ground" so to say...

But I believe that we understand more than we want to admit and that we use English because we lack the confidence or motivation to have a conversation in Swedish-Danish, Swedish-Norwegian or Danish-Norwegian.

That being said, some dialects are still very hard to understand (I especially think of some Jutlandic dialects of Danish or some Norwegian dialects spoken in western Norway.)

May 25, 2015

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

My mum was Norwegian and my dad Danish. They met in a vegetarian restaurant in Copenhagen, and I spent my first eight years living in Denmark and visiting my Norwegian grandparents and cousins in the summer. Till I was five I was unaware that my mum and dad were speaking different languages; I readily adapted to the words each was saying and to their separate modes of pronunciation. Unfortunately, when our family moved to Canada, they decided to only speak English thereafter, so I have only a dim recall of the amount of Dano-Norwegian that an eight-year-old might know. I have a long way to go, but it's fun to try to reawaken and build upon my childhood language knowledge.

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4oh4

That's sad to hear, but a nice story. Thanks for sharing. :) Glad to hear you are going back to your roots, though. How come they only spoke English?

May 25, 2015

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

I like Swedish alot but they speak way to much English, Norwegian is the middle point it seems and I truly Norsk

Danish reminds me of High german so Norsk it is

May 25, 2015

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

Дякуємо!

May 21, 2015

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

Excellent Ukrainian course so far. Love all the efforts by both teams to crank out these courses at a record speed. I have struggled with Ukrainian for a few years now and I was really excited to see Ukrainian released today. I can't say how many times a day I was checking on the status. Дуже дякую вам!

May 22, 2015

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

My dream really did come true! Last night I was dreaming there will be a course-release today, but it came out to be two courses released! Well, my dream was only 50% true. :D Thank you Ukrainian and Norwegian teams!!!

May 22, 2015

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

Nah!!You're mistaken, You dream is 200% true. 2 courses came out instead of 1.

May 22, 2015

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

Haha, You're right!

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickC77

Thank you so much for all your efforts Team Ukrainian and Team Norwegian Bokmal!!! Cannot wait to get started in both of these courses, and I'm sure I am not the only one!! :D

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rts25604

Norwegian so far looks amazing! It's much more comprehensive than I thought it would be. The team did a great job! Haven't looked into Ukrainian myself, but it seems promising as well. Now all we need is Esperanto...

May 22, 2015

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

It would also be great if Russian were released

May 25, 2015

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

So hyped! Thank you so much contributors! :D

May 21, 2015

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

Have not started Norwegian yet (I'm afraid it might confuse me with learning Danish), but I am loving the Ukrainian course thus far! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skylimit10

I'm most definitely looking forward to learning these languages in the future! (Just afraid of too many languages confusing me immensely, so sticking to mastering one before the other.) Keep up the wonderful work!

May 22, 2015

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

I totally agree. It is really cool that Duo is releasing these. But I find myself getting distracted and learning little bits of a few languages rather than just one. It is too much of a good thing.I want to be able to get good at a language! I'm gonna look at Norwegian but I have to make sure I focus on French!

May 22, 2015

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

Sadly, I won't be learning these courses at this time, but I've been looking forward to them all the same. A few days ago I had a dream that the Norwegian course came out, and I'm glad it finally has.

May 22, 2015

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

WOOHOO

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

It's great that two new languages have joined the Duolingo family but I was waiting on Esperanto...

May 23, 2015

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

Congrats!

May 21, 2015

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

Tusen takk!

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sarefo
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for the input: there's a link to windows8 (which I don't run), a more flexible link would probably be better. I'm using Chrome with the awesome Google Input Tools for example, this might be a more flexible solution. it even has transliterative input :D

one advantage is that most people that just want to dabble in Ukrainian don't need a system-wide Ukrainian typing method. To switch it off/on within duolingo, press Ctrl-Shift.

May 22, 2015

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

oh is that the shortcut? I think that's what I installed, but I got off the page to look at the shortcuts that day.

May 26, 2015

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

Ridiculously large congratulations to you both, I will definitely be getting into Ukrainian very soon, and I've already gotten into Norwegian. Well done!

Up next...?

May 23, 2015

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

Yeeeeah! WE WANT CZECH! WE WANT CZECH! WE WANT CZECH!

May 25, 2015

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

That's not Czech, it's Filipino!

See the difference?

Or were you joking? I can't tell from text.

May 25, 2015

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

I saw the difference, but I didn't know that Fillipines have almost the same banner.

May 26, 2015

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

Congrats to all interested in these fantastic languages :D Work hard now :P

May 22, 2015

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

Congratulations to the Team Norwegian!

May 22, 2015

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

Hurray!!! At last. There isn't any announcement on the facebook page.

May 22, 2015

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

Fantastic news! I've wanted to learn Norwegian for years, so now I think I will once I've completed my German tree.

May 22, 2015

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

Gratulerer med dagen, Duo-norsk! Spennende!!

May 22, 2015

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

The first language that doesn't use the Latin alphabet. Cheers!

May 22, 2015

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

It's always so exciting seeing new flags of new languages!

May 23, 2015

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

AYAYAYAYAYAYAY:D

May 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kev.Contre

Muchas gracias Mille grazie Thanks a lot Merci beaucoup Tack så mycket Tusen takk contributors!!!! I do really appreciate your work!

May 22, 2015

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

Awesome! Congrats to both teams!

May 22, 2015

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

Thanks a lot for Norwegian! grammar looks beautiful! :)

May 22, 2015

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

Sorry is this a newbie question, but what's the usual timeline for the courses appearing within the mobile apps (iOS specifically)?

I'm running through the browser at the moment so no rush - I love the tree layout for Norwegian so far and also love the handy addition of those three extra letters underneath text boxes - not an issue on OS X but if I'm sneaking a module at work, this is very helpful!

May 22, 2015

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

We usually wait a while until the course is more stable before releasing it to mobile. It could take around a month or so, but it really depends on the course. Keep an eye on those app updates! =]

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trail9

Yay! I'm looking forward to seeing them both released to android!

May 23, 2015

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

The moment I've been waiting for.. unbelievable.. Thank you Team Norwegian!!

May 22, 2015

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

Thank you alek, luke51991, lorua, & Deliciae! You have put a lot of great effort into the Norwegian for English course! I really enjoy these new courses.

I also wish good luck to the next course, Esperanto.

May 22, 2015

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

I've been teaching myself Norwegian for the past year and did a mini-course at university - now I can continue learning just in time for my visit to Oslo! Tusen hjertelig takk; lenge har jeg ventet på kurset - det er kjempfint. :)

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rsa91

Чудова новина. Дякую! До речі якщо хтось хоче- можу допомогти з Українською. Good news. Thanks! By the way I'm native Ukrainian and can help with it.

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

333 Upvotes, interesting coincidence hehe!

Congratulations to both teams!!! Amazing to see new courses being launched.

May 22, 2015

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

I've been waiting for this for so long! I'm so happy! As stupid as it may appear to be, I was at class when I saw the Norwegian course was released and shouted a big YES as excitement :D Level 7 already! Thank you for the Norwegian team for making this possible :) great job!

May 23, 2015

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

OMG I'M SO EXCITED TO LEARN NORWEGIAN! I'm going to Norway to visit a friend this summer and I leave in less than 2 months and I really want to know some Norwegian before I get there! I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this course to be released and I couldn't be more excited. Thank you so much to those of you who worked on this course!!!

May 23, 2015

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

Very excited to start Norwegian! Might give Ukrainian a go this weekend as well.

May 22, 2015

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

I feel like and idiot for askingthis, but... How do i get my keyboard to work with these characters? (for ukranian)

May 22, 2015

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

In the course, as soon as it gets to a part where you need to type in Cyrillic, there's a link that will tell you how to change it on your operating system. You just get a digital keyboard. It helps to keep a picture of a cyrillic keyboard up next to Duolingo since your keys don't have pictures on them.

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/keljar
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Can't wait for Bokmål!

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kev.Contre

Still using Internet Explorer?

May 22, 2015

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

WOW!!!!!'ow inpressive!!!

May 22, 2015

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

YES. YES. YES. Thank you team Duolingo.

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mwsb119

Endelig norsk språk! Props to the norwegian team!!! Now the challenge to find a norwegian language partner begins...

May 22, 2015

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

Congratulations to both teams!

May 22, 2015

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

Very excited about this! I have been hoping for this ever since I signed up with Duolingo.

May 22, 2015

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

I just found out about Duolingo this afternoon. I'm happy to see even more languages being added.

May 23, 2015

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

Cool!

May 23, 2015

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

Congratulations, and here's to many many many more!

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew.Caton

I'm learning both languages!!

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bassi0902

You guys are the best!

May 23, 2015

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

Дякую!

May 23, 2015

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

Thanks to both creators and admins for bringing those courses to the public.

I would like to point out an important issue though: the Ukrainian course accepts totally misspelt words are correct, not even warning about typos: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8726406

May 23, 2015

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

Fantastic news! Thank you a lot! I am so excited to start.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nadya222

Fantastic! I have a friend from Ukraine. Maybe she will be impressed if I learn her language!

May 23, 2015

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

Ahh!!! I'm so happy! I congratulate both teams for their hard work. However, I am extremely excited for Norwegian because I am studying abroad next year in the beautiful country of Norway. Tusen Takk!

May 23, 2015

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE! I'm really happy for everyone who was on these two teams, and i'm excited to get around to these two languages eventually!

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parapluie41

Félicitations!

May 23, 2015

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

Wow. Amazing. Seriously. Two amazing languages being released at the same time. =) Great work to both teams, and especially: thank you. :) I can't wait to get started on both of them, and hope to put them to good use one day.

Just one question for the Norwegian team: so in Norway there are so many dialects that almost no one speaks Bokmål, but instead only use it to write Norwegian. What dialect does the Duolingo course teach? Just curious.

Congratulations to both teams and to those planning to learn (or already learning) either (or both) language(s).

May 23, 2015

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

HUGE CONGRATS!

May 25, 2015

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

Yay, now waiting for Esperanto!

May 26, 2015

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

so many languages to complete... so little time ..

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mathso2

The amount of languages seems to be snowballing!

May 27, 2015

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

Great News! Congratulations. Duolingo rocks :)

May 22, 2015

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

go raibh míle maith agaibh uilig - tá sé sin ar dóigh!

May 22, 2015

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

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch!

May 22, 2015

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

What I liked most about the Ukrainian course is that at least in the begining you don´t have to switch alphabets. It accepts Latin letters, too. : )

May 23, 2015

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

Спасибі takk

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leonig01

Thanks, both teams!

Btw, Ukrainian will give you a pretty smooth entrance to the upcoming Russian course :)

May 23, 2015

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

After 290 points in Norwegian in 24 hours, I can say I'm enjoying it (and enjoying having some free time). I'm happy it's finally accessible. I've been wanting to learn Norwegian for a while.

May 24, 2015

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

Tusen takk! Jeg er veldig glad med norsk kurs...or something like that. I am very happy with the Norwegian course. Have been looking forward to it for a long time. Do you know when it will be available in the Android app?

May 24, 2015

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

you are great! i so love you!!!

May 24, 2015

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

Need some Lithuanian on this website! It's the oldest Indo-European language and very beautiful.

May 24, 2015

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

I started norwegian yesterday, but did not know it was the first day it was available. ^^

May 24, 2015

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

But thank you! I will be doing a roadtrip in Norway this summer and couldn't speak a word before last week!

May 25, 2015

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

Yay! :D

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oh1235

... and Ukrainian is the first language course (for english speakers) on duolingo to not use the latin alphabet

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anna._

Still need to learn to read Ukrainian with exams I haven't been able to concentrate on much apart from well...exams. haha I've started both but I keep relating the letters that we have in the latin alphabet to the cyrilic ones like H is n but I think it's H still -_-

May 24, 2015

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

Cela devrait être amusant, if we all learned Swedish we'd be able to go and actually understand when Felix Kjellburg goes off at some game in an angry manner in his native language

May 24, 2015

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

Thank you for the course

May 24, 2015

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

Any idea to how soon the Romanian Language Course will be out? I'm going there for a small holiday! :D

May 25, 2015

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

I need to finish Turkish and Swedish first--and I am in absolutely no rush--but I'm going to tackle both of these afterwards! I'm really going to be fascinated being able to compare Danish, Swedish and Norwegian with each other, while learning a language that doesn't use a Latin alphabet has been a goal of mine for a long time now. I'm really happy that Duolingo has all these languages available with many more to come!

May 25, 2015

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

For Ukrainian they should add a virtual keyboard interface in they interface and for they duolingo mobile app they should offer Beta languages since I use the app a lot so it would be helpful if they could do that.

I hope you look at my suggestions and keep making this program better Tot ziens aufwiedersehen good bye

May 25, 2015

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

I would like to point out that it would be marvelous for some of us who would like to be interested in taking a once- in- a- lifetime course, Thug/Ghetto. I know what you are thinking, but it would be spectacular to educate others. Some phrases include,"Whats peepin my squad." or, "We gon get lit tonight!". I think it would be great to educate people on the language known as thug.

May 25, 2015

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

hahaha!

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hl677

wow,awesome!

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marisol.19

NORGE <3

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/megan1505

On behalf of the Duolingo community, I would like to extend a huuuge THANK YOU to the course creators/contributors! Before yesterday, I didn't know any Ukranian at all, and learning the alphabet seemed like it was going to be a daunting task. I'd already tried teaching myself the Cryllic alphabet using flash cards, and that did not go well at all. But these Ukrainian letter lessons are so informative and fun! I can't wait to progress through this tree! Once again, thank you all for your hard work!!

May 26, 2015

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

amazing!

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michael.beltz

Je ne sais pas pourquoi je ne commence pas duolingo plus tôt !

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saskia959

love it

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlassesGeek24

Awesome!! Wait I mean DOUBLE AWESOME!! XDDDD

May 27, 2015

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

i give you all 10,000 lingotrs

May 27, 2015

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

Just throwing it out there that I'd love to be able to type ae, oe, and aa in place of æ, ø, and å. It's an inconvenience having to use the mouse just for those, and I'd rather not have to hop onto my other half's laptop which has them. ;)

That aside, I'm stoked! Looking forward to working my way through a course I have a real need for!

May 21, 2015

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

The same goes for Esperanto... cx gx, etc

May 22, 2015

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

I just created my own keyboard format so I can type the special characters using Ctrl+Alt+letter to give it the hat such as ĉ ĝ ĵ. I'd post it up here but unfortunately it's a Dvorak layout so probably not a lot of people could use it. But somebody on the esperanto team could create one using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator and then maybe pin it as a download to the course. It's quite easy to make.

May 25, 2015

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

If you would not mind -- I would be interested in the Dvorak layout that you have created. Feel free to post on my profile ^.^

May 27, 2015

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

Sorry, are you saying that the x-system will work?
Because you said that it was not going to work
Anyway we'll deal with it and enjoy the course :)

May 22, 2015

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

The same here goes that we also want the x-system for Esperanto. I talked with a Duolingo developer at the Incubator Summit in Berlin and he said they hope to someday make such a system for typing special characters, but probably not soon. :-/

May 23, 2015

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

It doesn’t seem that difficult to implement, though… :-( (at least for Esperanto, where there is no ambiguity)

May 23, 2015

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

A system that replaced ux with ŭ instantly would be great,
but if it just accepted "sxlosilo" instead of "ŝlosilo", that would be also great (and easier to implement, maybe)

May 23, 2015

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

What I don't get is that the system DOES work for German. Any umlauted character can be replaced with just the same vowel with an -e after it. Why doesn't it work for others then?

May 23, 2015

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

People can use AutoHotkey hotstrings until then, I suppose (like :*?:cx::ĉ), though native support would be much better, of course.

May 24, 2015

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

the x-system will or won't work?

May 23, 2015

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

I agree! This goes for the German course too, ue oe ae ss would be nice!

May 22, 2015

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

You can type 'ss' in the German course where 'ß' is required, I believe that so long as you have no other spelling mistakes, it will just say "Pay attention to the 'ß' character". I don't know how many spelling mistakes you can make before Duolingo marks the whole text as wrong.

May 22, 2015

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

You can write ä, ö, and ü as a, o, and u; it will say "Pay attention to the umlauts", except when the word means something else (as in schön and schon, or Bruder and Brüder)

May 22, 2015

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

That’s stupid, it should tell you to write it as ae, oe, ue instead.

May 23, 2015

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

You can type it as those and it accepts it as completely correct.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4oh4

Yeah, especially considering that they are developments of the ae, oe, ue ligatures ( aͤ, oͤ , uͤ, respectively).

May 24, 2015

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

But they’re not written ae, oe and ue, they’re written ä, ö and ü.

May 23, 2015

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

One reason why this may be for the German course is that in many parts of German speaking countries, 'ss' is used instead of the other character.

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3IRIK

You can look up on youtube how to get a Norwegian keyboard.

May 22, 2015

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

I know how to get one, but I use and am well adjusted to the British keyboard layout. Those letter combinations should be usable, really.

May 23, 2015

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

I’m sure there is a way to modify your keyboard layout in order to add just those few letters. Some people have mentionned something called "Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator" (presumably for Windows).

May 23, 2015

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

Sorry, I just noticed it’s you who mentioned it :-)

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/4oh4

I feel for ya mate! :) I've never understood why it doesn't contain the "æ" and "œ" ligatures, considering the fact that they are still technically used in British English spellings, especially scientific/ technical terms (less so much with "œ"). If you have a a full PC keyboard with a numpad, enable numlock and use altcodes. Here are the ones for åÅäÄöÖØøÆ挜: http://sydaby.eget.net/emig/emig/scands.htm

May 24, 2015

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

Alternatively try exploring the capabilities of your current keyboard. Press the AltGr key in combination with another key to find out how your keyboard is mapped. For me AltGr+z = æ, AltGr+l = ø, AltGr+w = å, AltGr+s = ß, AltGr+a = á, AltGr+e = é, AltGr+i = í, AltGr+o = ó, AltGr+u = ú and so on. To turn these into capitals, just add the Shift button as well.

May 22, 2015

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

I ended up making a custom keyboard using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

May 23, 2015

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

It depends on your operating system, I think that on Windows the AltGr key is basically useless as there are very few such combos (but I haven’t used Windows in a while, so maybe it has changed)

May 22, 2015

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

I use Windows 7 and have the keyboard set to United-States International, then all these combos and more are available.

May 22, 2015

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

Ok, might be the international keyboard layout, then :-)

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parapluie41

You have to turn on International Keyboard in the Control Panel. For me, 'a = á, 'e = é, 'c = ç, ^e = ê, etc. Way more convenient than using the mouse or than using alt codes. It makes typing French a breeze. However, the key combinations get increasingly convoluted the further you get from the standard English alphabet, so I can see why Norwegian learners might feel dissatisfied with that.

May 23, 2015

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

æøåßáéíóú yep

I have Windows 8.1

May 22, 2015

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

It is very easy to install new keyboard layouts, at least with Windows. And switching between them is at least as easy: just press Alt + Shift, and it changes the current layout to the next one. I currently have four different layouts (modified Cyrillic, Finnish, Norwegian (which works both for Danish and Norwegian), and International English), and I find it extremely effortless to use these various keyboards. Try it, you might be pleasantly surprised!

May 22, 2015

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

None of the Windows keyboards are adequate for me/this keyboard while getting the additional characters, so I ended up making a custom keyboard using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator.

May 23, 2015

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

That's so cool. I have used a Cyrillic layout that somebody has made, but I see that with Keyboard Layout Creator it should be quite easy to make one myself, if I so wish. Thanks for the tip.

May 23, 2015

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

It may cost money but you could always buy a keyboard with those layouts just a suggestion I myself use three keyboards for three languages

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parapluie41

At first I was going to suggest turning on International Keyboard settings (that's how i type 'a --> á, 'e --> é, 'c --> ç , ^e --> ê etc with an American keyboard while writing French).

But then i looked it up and the code for ø alone is ridiculously unwieldy (Shift+RightAlt+L RightAlt+L). I'm so sorry!

May 23, 2015

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

Since many years, and because I'm a French guy living abroad, I use an app called allchars.exe , available for free at http://sourceforge.net/projects/allchars/, which allows you to "compose" special letters, using a standard qwerty keyboard. It is running in the background, and allow you to make special characters on-the-fly, with only one dedicated button, (the "Ctrl" key in the example below).

For example, to make the french "é", you just have to hit and release the Ctrl key, and then press the "e" letter, release it and press the " ' " symbol. The same goes for à, è, ê, ï, ö.

It is quite user-friendly, since you don't need to remind special codes, just to press the letter you want with any accent you need.

It also function for the ß (Ctrl, then 2 times "s") and many others symbols, like æ, œ, ° ö, å, î, ø, ( Ctrl, then o + / ) №, etc.

For most of the characters, you just have to follow your instinct, and "mix and add" two characters together, and when it fails, you can look up the right combination in the help of the program. (Right click on the icon of the program, next to the clock, then choose : Show compose sequences)

May 25, 2015
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