When I was a schoolboy, and then later a university student, I would treat a deadline (say for a homework or essay assignment) as advance warning of some sort of impending disaster.
I’d get ready days, even weeks, beforehand.
My essay would be completed and ready to hand in before most of my peers had even thought about beginning theirs…
I don’t think I ever missed anything, ever!
Though I probably wasn’t much fun to be around.
These days the situation is different (except that I’m still not much fun to be around…)
My Turkish teacher is back from her holidays and we’ve agreed a lesson this morning at 09.30.
It’s now 08.17, as I type this (08.43 as I read the first draft).
I have to finish this post for OnlineItalianClub.com, and then do at least something to prepare for the lesson, so as to get the most out of it.
I don’t recall the last time I did anything for my Turkish, but it was probably a couple of months ago.
As I said, the teacher was away, and lately I’ve been concentrating on Swedish, preparing as intensively as time allowed for last weekend’s Swedex A2 exam in Milan (another deadline…)
Likely I’ll find time, once I finish writing this, to read through the notes the teacher made about the lessons we did previously.
And make coffee…
But one thing I MUST do, given that it’s an online lesson and we’ll likely be exchanging notes in the ‘chat’ feature, is sort out my keyboard.
Since I started studying Swedish a couple of years ago, I learnt how to quickly change the keyboard on my laptop from Italian (its default) to Swedish.
And, ormai, it’s second nature to locate the Åå, Öö and Ää keys (I bet you’re impressed…)
I still have to look though, as I do for Italian. I only touch type in English.
But I know exactly WHERE to look!
With Turkish it’s a different story. It has a lot more ‘funny’ characters, and a lot of basic words depend on them.
There’s a character which sounds like ‘ch’, for example.
And two types of ‘i’ – one without the dot.
And so on.
So this is what I plan to do:
1. Switch the keyboard language (here goes…)
2. Type out every key on my ‘qwerty’ keboard, like this:
3. Put the keyboard back to Italian (or otherwise it’s impossible to continue typing)
4. Copy and paste the above ‘keyboard map’ into a text file, or take a screenshot of it
5. Rename the file ‘Turkish Keyboard Layout!!’ and save it on my desktop, where I can find it instantly
When my lesson starts, I’ll be able to find the two types of ‘i’ without too much stress!
ı and i
The fırst ıs the normal ı and the second ıs the second key from the rıght ın the mıddle row: iiii!
And then ı have to remember to swıtch the keyboard back agaınö or odd thıngs wıll happenççç
Try the same trick with the Italian keyboard, why don’t you?
It’s that middle line that’s so important, the final three characters, òàù, which on the English keyboard would be (wait, while I change keyboard again) ;’# (oh man, really?)
And right above the middle one, the à, you’ll find those two horrible accented e’s:
è (without the shift key) and
é (with the shift key)
Which should you use normally?
I have no idea, and many Italians will skip the problem anyway by typing e’ instead, so hiding their uncertainty by pretending that they don’t have the appropriate keyboard enabled.
Beh, the clock’s a-ticking (08.50 as I proof for the first time…)
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