How to do Russian to English Translation With a Keyboard

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How to do Russian to English Translation With a Keyboard
Read this text using Russian translation tools. (34th psalm in Russian image by Anastacia Gudz from

Translating a language provides fast understanding of content when you use free online translation software. Even languages written with a writing system different from your own have become accessible to all. Russian is written in the Cyrillic alphabet, and there are two approaches to your Russian translation. Your easiest is to insert text from Internet content or a document stored on your computer into an online translator software. If that is not possible, use a virtual Russian keyboard to manually type in text.

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  1. 1

    Open a Russian language virtual keyboard (see Resources).

    How to do Russian to English Translation With a Keyboard
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  2. 2

    Type in the text by using your mouse to click each Cyrillic letter. The Russian text will appear in the window above the Russian keyboard.

  3. 3

    Highlight the Russian text, and copy it.

  4. 4

    Open online translator software (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Paste your text into the translator box.

  6. 6

    Set your translation as "Russian to English" by choosing and clicking with your mouse from a drop-down box or clicking on a language list, depending on the site. On other sites, click on your desired "translate to" language: English.

  7. 7

    Read the translated text in English. If the text seems garbled, translate it again, one sentence at a time. If all else fails, translate a word at a time to try to make sense of the word order before reassembling the text.

Tips and warnings

  • Open two tabs in your browser if you are using text from a site on the Internet. Alternate between sites, copying, cutting and pasting as you translate.
  • Paste each section of translation into a separate document, alternating the Russian text followed by the translated English text to keep track of your progress.
  • If you are still not satisfied with your translations, studying sentence structure of Russian may be helpful (see References).
  • Idioms often do not translate well. For example, in English, the idiom "a piece of cake" actually means "something that is easy to do." A direct translation may result in a confusing sentence.

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