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Useful tips to type Greek.

October 7, 2010

Since you have installed Greek fonts on your PC, in case that you do not have them already on your Operational System whatever it may be , the next step is how to learn to type using Greek letters. The layout of Greek typing characters is following the configuration of almost all Latin-based keyboards.

There is no point to insist on the similarities. It would be more useful to stress which are the differences. Let’s examine  the letters starting from the bottom.

Ψ Ω Γ Ξ : ; ς Ρ υ Θ Π
C V G J Q W R y U P


So, we have 10 not identical letters, but you do not need to memorise them. All you have to do is to use a typing program, so that  your fingers would acquire after exercise  the exact position of these letters when typing them.

The best program that I ever used for that purpose  is Ktouch, a free software from the KDE Education Project (for Linux mostly). It has a very friendly interface and a series of very useful exercises …It is a matter of time to learn typing in any language that you want. Usually no more than  a week ‘s  time is needed. I managed to learn using that application  how to type in Russian  with an  original Russian layout. I consider that as an achievement because the Russian layout is totally different..almost with no similarities with Latin-based layouts, though there are many identical letters. I do not know why that has to be like that, but I had to learn typing in Russian as long as I want at least to write short messages and  emails  in Cyrillic letters.

For those who have a Windows OS they can practise typing Greek with the RAMTYPE program.

Start typing with a medium pace and in no more time than a week you will be ready. Of course you should keep typing in the future as long as  the memory may slip fast out of your fingers. Use it or loose it !!!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2010 3:52 pm

    I think learning to write using the original Russian alphabet is redundant. On a Mac you can just choose Russian – Phonetic to have a phonetic keyboard layout based on QWERTY and on Windows you can install special software to be able to do the same. I do that and writing in them isn’t much of a problem.

    In regards to Greek, as you have noticed, it’s already almost phonetic. From my perspective, it’s really easy to learn typing using the Greek alphabet without any extra tools. The hard part is the οι, ι, ει, υ, η thing but that hasn’t so much to do with the actual process of typing the letters.

  2. October 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    Well , I appreciate your advice, but I would prefer to use the original Russian layout to do it the Russian way of course… 🙂

    Of course the problem for Westerners regarding the Greek alphabet is to get used to it. There is no official transliteration in romanized characters, but we have already discussed that issue, didn’t we?

  3. κωστάνζα permalink
    November 26, 2013 6:50 pm

    hey, that’s so cool, thanks a lot! You saved my day! Now I can raise the question why in Greek the physicist Einstein is stressed on the second syllable: Aϊνστάιν» instead of «Άϊνσταϊν», as he’s referred to by wikipedia.

    Best wishes

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