Neoncube, thanks for your offer to help. I’ve been busy (learning Hebrew in real life and classes).
I should clarify that I’m using the Android app, not using my phone’s keyboard to type.
A challenging word is the number sixty. In Biblical Hebrew, it is:
(For those helping who don’t know Hebrew, here are relevant names of letters and diacritics:
ש a consonant called shin
י a consonant called yod
ם a consonant called mem sofit
the dot above and on the right side of the shin specifies that its sound is ‘sh’ and not ‘s’ (consonant feature)
the dot under the shin is the vowel hiriq (e as in keen) (vowel feature)
the dot in the middle of the shin is a dagesh which shows a historical lengthening of the consonant (consonant feature)
The Hebrew nikkud I’m talking about are the little dots and diacritics above, below and in the middle of the consonants. Yes, it takes 9 keystrokes to type this word. That is just the beginning.
There is more than one way to type all the consonants and niqqud (diacritics). Some of the niqqud are features of the consonant, and others indicate vowel sounds (as shown above). It is possible to type as follows:
- shin, ‘dot above the right of shin’, dagesh, hiriq
- shin, dagesh, hiriq, ‘dot above the right of shin’
- shin, hiriq, ‘dot above the right of shin’, dagesh
- shin, dagesh, ‘dot above the right of shin’, hiriq
- shin, hiriq, dagesh, ‘dot above the right of shin’
All of these ways will produce the same final look of the second shin in the word sixty above. However, only one order is accepted by memrise as ‘correctly spelled’ in a typing test (I don’t know if it is restricted only to the Android app or if it is also this restricted in iOS or the web version). And unfortunately, it is number 5 above which is acceptable, and from the perspective of learning the language, it is not intuitive, and even counter-intuitive. You have to memorize a specific order of diacritics when typing a word. If I were looking for a course and found out that I had spelled a word with all the appropriate diacritics, but it was wrong only because I didn’t type them in the correct order, I might not want to learn from this course. But it is very useful to know all the diacritics.
I would wish for this: either make any order acceptable, as long as it produces the correct visual appearance of the word, or (and only if necessary), make option 1 be the correct order for typing the words.
Knowing a little bit of the complexity in rendering other scripts, I can imagine that it is not a simple task to do, but for Memrise to handle Biblical Hebrew well, it would be best if it could handle mark as correct any of the 5 orders of typing that I have shown above. I can imagine that it may also be governed by how it was originally typed. I did not originally type the Hebrew words. They were copied and pasted from a document produced by someone else in MS Word.
Hoping there is a simple solution to a complex problem…