Last week I got a present, a new shiny iPad. After downloading and playing with few games, I decided it’s time for me to install a Russian keyboard even I don’t type much in Russian. Like any Apple’s Mac Book, iPad has an option for Russian Phonetic keyboard. If you don’t know what’s Russian Phonetic Keyboard, read my previous post on the subject.
In order to set up Russian Phonetic Keyboard, I start Settings application. Then go to General | Keyboard | International Keyboards | Add New Keyboard…. I add Russian – Phonetic.
When I try to use the keyboard that I just added, I’m unpleasantly surprised. It’s Russian standard keyboard but I explicitly was adding Phonetic one.
If I’m doing something wrong, can someone just slap me and let me know what an idiot I am and what I need to do install it correctly.
Also Apple made a grammatical error when they named the keyboard “Русская” instead of “Русский”. Like in many other languages, in Russian objects have sex and “keyboard” is male in Russian. By saying “Русская” it makes the keyboard a female and that sounds way wrong. You expect this error from people why just started learning Russian.
UPDATE: Thanks to Sergey who reminded me about Russian translation for word “keyboard” which is “клавиатура”. Клавиатура has female sex and this case “Русская” would be appropriate. I’m so accustomed to use word “keyboard” even when I speak Russian.