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Typing Esperanto on a Samsung

I've just noticed the Esperanto course has been rolled out to the Android version of the app. I couldn't see any way of adding Esperanto to the in-house input system so I downloaded the Multiling keyboard which I find a bit ugly (also, I've never heard of Multiling so I'm a bit paranoid of leaving it on and then doing online shopping). Can anyone recommend a good method of input?

Dank[on] tre multe. [I am only a beginner.]

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July 12, 2015

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

I use a Samsung device with Android. In Settings > Controls > Keyboards and input methods, I've changed the keyboard from Samsung keyboard to Google Keyboard. (No guarantee that it is as easy on your device as mine.)

Google Keyboard has an Esperanto keyboard option - there's a cogwheel to the right of it in Keyboards and input methods, I click on that, then on languages and it gives me a list to choose from (I haven't looked at Samsung keyboard - disabling it was one of the first things I did with the tablet).

July 12, 2015

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Ah, great. Thanks. I didn't think of this as I kind of have a blindspot (prejudice?) for Google what with the whole Chromium/Chrome thing. Also, 233 day streak on nine languages 0_0

...It doesn't inexplicably limit you to four input languages like the 삼성 one does. I'm liking the Google Keyboard already. Thanks again.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Thank you, I didn't even check the google keyboard, because some languages that I need were not available there. I suppose I can switch back and forth.


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Yeah, I can imagine having to do that in the future. It needs a toggle function really.


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With Google keyboard, there's a symbol (of the world?) to the left of the space bar. Tapping that once cycles between different languages within Google keyboard. Holding it down brings up a menu that lets you choose between not only its languages, but also Samsung keyboard; I don't know if it adds other keyboards to that list or not.

However, after Samsung keyboard has been set, it is (often) necessary to go back into Google Keyboard settings and enter the languages settings (perhaps changing one tick box) before it remembers all your keyboards, and to change the default keyboard (in Settings > Controls > Keyboards and input methods) back to Google Keyboard. (Which is to say, rather than being a toggle of the active keyboard, Samsung swaps the default keyboard, which is clumsy - but as I stick to just Google Keyboard the clumsiness is eliminated and it does work just as a toggle of the active keyboard.)


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Thanks for all your very detailed help :) I think I'll stick with the Google Keyboard until I find I need to type a language it doesn't include.


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That is what I love about Swype I use all the keyboards for the languages I am learning and the toggle is just to hold down the space bar and then I can choose whichever I want. I can slide across letters to use them in a word and the dictionary will choose the word from the language that matches the order of the letters swiped. It won't be so easy to switch from one keyboard brand to another, but sometimes my android accidentally puts google keyboard as the default and a menu comes up that allows me to switch it back. So it can be done.


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I don't use Swype but that's the same in the standard Samsung input, toggling languages with the spacebar. I was actually talking about a possibility toggling between brands just as easily. Also, I assume it's the same in Swype, but if you're typing the wrong language for the keyboard it eventually starts suggesting words in the language you're typing rather than the one you've selected.


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

alternatively can't you type x after letters to input the accent?


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I tried that and h, which I find better aesthetically, but it didn't seem to work. Although, having said that, it may have been bad Esperanto I was typing anyway. [Edit:] I tried Chu first (I know it's less common but I prefer it) and it treated it as a typo. If you wanted to know, I'm not sure. Ah, it accepts Cxu. Thanks for the tip, mate! What's your profile picture by the way, it looks like a painting but I've lost my glasses.


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h doesn't work; but x does for me.


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Yes, that's what I've found.


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Apparently "h", though more sensible from a pronunciation point of view isn't always unambiguous so x is used.

It's the girl from Goya's paint "The Great He-Goat".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witches%27_Sabbath_(The_Great_He-Goat)

I like the way she just sits and watches while the black mass goes on around her, so I always use it for profile pics.


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Yes. I suppose there'd be an issue in compound words where it would be unclear if a medial h was in place of an accent or a h in it's own right.

Interesting. I'm a real Philistine (no offence to the people of Gaza) when it comes to art. I like Kandinsky but I couldn't give you a very sophisticated reason as to why.

I feel like that reminds me of another painting where there's a character who's not immediately obvious and they're calmly watching the mêlée but I can't think what it is.


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Add to the forum requesting Esperanto for Swype: http://forum.swype.com/showthread.php?12739-Esperanto

This is what came up in a search: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=esperanto%20keyboard=apps

There seems to be one for Smart Keyboard. Is that one any better?


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Well, it costs money. I suppose the Multiling dictionary is ugly but not that ugly. I don't actually use Swype but thanks.


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

Here is another option: MessagEase Keyboard for Android (and iOS). :-)


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Thanks for the link, that looks interesting.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/balou67

I use ASK (any soft keyboard) which proposes several languages (you have to install separately if I remember well). But I use the bépo keyboard, a French dvorak-like (just because it's the same on my computer, even if I can't type with 10 fingers on my android^^), which allows to type any language of Europe plus Turkish and Esperanto without switching.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PaCa826187

Good acronym. Thanks, I'll keep this in mind for future reference but I think between gx and the Google keyboard I've found a solution.

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