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How to type я (ya in Russian) while using Russian phonetic keyboard?

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Jan 28, 2013 9:23 PM

Learning Russian and using the phonetic keyboard on a US MacBook Pro running 10.8.2.  When I type "ya" it types it as "ыа" instead of "я".


Thanks in advance.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)

    EAC_MacUser wrote:


    When I type "ya" it types it as "ыа" instead of "я".



    It sounds like the keyboard might be damaged.  Can you test using a usb or wireless keyboard?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)

    EAC_MacUser wrote:


    I figured the phonetic part of it, spelling it as "ya" would convert it to that character. 


    As far as I know, phonetic keyboards for Russian never work that way.   я, ю, ж, ш, etc. are always each placed on a single key, and I think anyone who knows the Russian alphabet would expect that.


    What you are looking for is really a transliteration keyboard. I have never seen one, but it might be possible to make it using



    With this it is very easy to create a custom layout by drag/drop from the Character Viewer onto templates provided by the app.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)

    EAC_MacUser wrote:


    I'm still getting used to to Apple being a Windows user primarily and liking/hating some things.


    Does Windows come with a Russian transliteration keyboard layout?  I have seen Russian and Russian Typewriter, but they are standard one-key per Russian letter.  The Russian Phonetic layouts for Windows I have seen have я on Q, just like the Mac.


    Could you indicate where you have seen a Russian keyboard layout where you type ya to get я?  It could be helpful in trying to make one for the Mac.


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