I’ve just started learning Russian using the courses on this website. I like the course overall, but one thing that bugs me is the fact that the on-screen keyboard is fixed, and does not match “canonical” Russian keyboard layouts.
Namely, I’d like to learn to type Cyrillic using an actual keyboard (via the RU layout in the operating system itself). However, the “canonical” layout (that is, not the special phoneme-similar stuff) does not match the on-screen one, which is can get really frustrating. It means that I can know what a letter looks like, but I can’t actually find it on my keyboard.
One way people recommend learning this is having a piece of paper or an on-screen reference up while you type (you look at the reference on-screen while typing on the keyboard).
This is where Memrise comes in: if the website layout matched the typical keyboard layout, it would give people who want to also learn to type Cyrillic an on-screen reference “for free”. I can’t think of many big downsides for other people (who use mouse clicks), either — but you can eliminate even those downsides (if any) if you add an option for switching layouts (“old Memrise style” vs “canonical”).
So uh … thoughts?