Thursday, April 30, 2015

Como Escribir Los Acentos

How do I type accents in Spanish? This is an issue that has plagued Foreign Language teachers since the dawn of technology. Although it isn't that difficult...it can be a bit of a headache and every device is different.

On my iPhone or iPad, I touch and hold vowels, such as the /e/, and a pop up of various e's comes up and I can choose the accented one. 

When using my PC, I use ALT commands and have used them enough that I have them memorized and it goes pretty quickly for me. This also works while typing in web pages etc. on a PC. This is my preferred method.

ALT + 130 = é
ALT + 160 = á
ALT + 161 = í
ALT + 162 = ó
ALT + 163 = ú
ALT + 164 = ñ
ALT + 168 = ¿
ALT + 173 = ¡

My Chromebook turned out to be the biggest challenge. In a Google Document, you can choose "Insert Special Characters" and find what you need.  There is also a Google Add-on called "Easy Accents" that you can install. I found the add-on to be the easiest while working in Google Docs.

A web-based tool is that works on Chromebooks or other computers is http://spanish.typeit.org/, a webpage that allows you to type/select the characters you want and then copy and paste them into your document.

None of these is difficult to use, but as mentioned above, all are a bit different. Once you find a system that works for you, you'll be good to go! Do you have another way you insert foreign characters? Comment below and tell us about it!

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