6 In Russian

#3 The Russian Keyboard

Am I the only one who gets sooo excited over adding a new keyboard to my phone / laptop?

After learning the alphabet, one of the first things I did was to install the Russian keyboard and starting to get myself familiarised with where the keys are. Easy for mobile phones, but slightly harder for my laptop. I open another tab, googled a “Russian Keyboard” image, and keep it there throughout the whole time to refer. The MacBook keyboard has a Russian phonetic keyboard, but I would suggest not to use it cos it doesn’t help you learn!

I don’t like to memorise keyboards too (LOL), so what I do is to keep searching up words using an online Russian dictionary. I’m using the 네이버 러시아어사전 but I’m sure you can find something that works for you. As I search, I will try to remember where are the key letters and try to form my own tricks for remembering the positions as I go along. e.g. I’ll think to myself [а] is “f”, [в] is next to “f”, [с] is at “c”, [л] and [д] looks quite similar and they are next to each other.

I find it so interesting that the basic textbooks for all languages I’ve learnt introduces words like table / chair / newspaper / book / stamp / map as the basic words. The first few are quite common items, but do we still use stamps / maps often? food for thought.

Learnt the simple structures of how to say “This is xx”, “is this xx”, “yes it is xx”, “no it is not xx” today.

Это стул? да, это стул.

Btw I had to google where to find comma / period on the Mac Russian keyboard because the original keys were used for the Russian letters LOL. Period is Shift + 7. Trying to get used to it.

Russian is indeed a fun language to learn.

Till the next post where I’m introduced to the world of GENDER in languages. xx

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    2 October, 2019 at 10:45 PM

    Oh, I admire you soo much!! Btw, I do get excited whenever I add a different keyboard to my PC/phone. Keep it going & posting, pls!!!

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      13 October, 2019 at 9:33 PM

      Thank you!! 🙂

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    3 October, 2019 at 5:39 AM

    what language keyboards do you have on your phone? chinese, japnaes,e korean, english, russian??

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      13 October, 2019 at 9:35 PM

      yup! I have two Chinese keyboards (simplified and traditional)

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    3 October, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    On the phone I have one generic labeled “de/es/en” (I type mainly in Spanish, occasionally in English or German), then Japanese and Korean (not that I know Korean, but I like to believe I’ll learn it eventually). It’s all part of the same keyboard app where you activate different languages & dictionaries from the settings (I think it is something called “swift keyboard”, which seems to be de default in a Sony phone – quite useful, but at the same time can turn out to be confusing, especially with predictive input). On another phone, I had a more ‘native’ japanese keyboard, which is way better for learning. On the PC, since I use Linux with UTF-8 codification, I can activate any language I deem necessary, requiring little further action, but the keyboard layout remains the same in order not to get too confused

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      13 October, 2019 at 9:39 PM

      ahh yes heard of the swift keyboard! Thanks for sharing!

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