Is there a typing tutor program for Modern Hebrew on the PC that is friendly for Hebrew learners?

I would like to learn to type on the Standard Israeli Hebrew keyboard layout, the one that starts with ק, then ר , then א (roughly, Q, R, A). My goals are to learn to type as well as build muscle memory to help me build literacy in Hebrew.

I have been typing Roman letters on a QWERTY keyboard for a quarter of a century and have good muscle memory in that layout, but would rather avoid the "easy route" (learning a non-standard Hebrew layout based on QWERTY).


The following open source typing tutors may be worth a try:

  • KTouch - Touch Typing Tutor, which is also available on SourceForge. Since the SourceForge page has a picture of a Hebrew keyboard, I hope that Hebrew is supported.
  • Klavaro Touch Typing Tutor is available for a variety of operating systems and appears to support Hebrew keyboard layouts.
  • TypeFaster Typing Tutor claims to support "French, German, Portuguese, US-Dvorak, US-English, Hebrew, Numeric-keypad and more" and even says it is accessible for blind users. Unfortunately, the last update dates from 2005.
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The international ISO character standards determine what characters will be output from a keyboard. For Western (U.S., Canada, Asia, and the Pacific) the standard used with virtually all computers is the "ISO-Latin 8" standard. Font makers associate every character in a character set with an ISO-standard numeric value. For example, the ISO-Latin 8 will output the German character "Ü" by pressing and holding the ALT key down while typing the numbers "0220". It does that because the "Ü" character has that keyboard number, which is included in the ISO-Latin 8 character set. For Hebrew there is ISO standard, ISO-8859-8, for Hebrew, that is, the standard equates the output character to a numeric value that outputs a character.

That being said (and I don't know if you have done this already) if your computer's operating system is Microsoft's "Windows" you can add additional languages and keyboards (go to "Control Panel" -> "Clock, Language, and Region" (change keyboards and other input methods) -> "Region and Language".

In the "Add Language" drop down selection box you can then add one or two types of Hebrew languages, and associated keyboards. By using this feature of Windows I myself have added both Russian and German character sets, and their associated keyboards.

In summary, if you are using Windows you have the ability to add either one (or both) of the Hebrew languages and keyboard layouts for your keyboard output. "Stick on" bi-lingual stickers can be put on the QWERTY keys that correspond to your "virtual" Hebrew keyboard. As I have found with my Russian keyboard, one needs to use the old "ASDF-GH-JKL;" typing practice method to associate the position of the old keys with the characters of the newly added language. I have found that daily typing practice soon becomes less and less arduous and more and more rewarding.

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I have always liked the American expression "Put your money where your mouth is." or its abbreviated version, "Put up, or shut up." In my first answer above I gave this question's author a method of installing a Hebrew keyboard on a Windows computer. And so it has come to "put my money where my mouth is" and demonstrate the result of doing my method.

I have no knowledge of the Hebrew language, but here for your inspection are the key outputs for the virtual Hebrew language keyboard that I installed and is now alternately keyboard-selected between English and Hebrew.

English QWERTY (international standard*) keyboard:

q w e r t y u I o p [ ] a s d f g h j k l ; ' \ \ z x c v b n m , . /

Hebrew (Israel) keyboard: / ' ק ר א ט ו ן ם פ ] [ ש ד ג כ ע י ח ל ך ף , \ \ ז ס ב ה נ מ צ ת ץ .

SE has ignored the block quote marks I put in my input draft, so please believe me when I tell you that despite SE's ignorance (or mine!) the Hebrew keyboard does echo CRLF new line, as it did in my draft where there's a CRLF at the end of top, middle, and bottom line of each keyboard's alpha keys.

I don't know the Hebrew language, so I would have to practice using my virtual Hebrew keyboard the same way as I learned how to use my virtual Russian language keyboard: by type-copying the Hebrew text you can find in printed books, magazines, and newspapers in hardcopy, or the same on the web.

בוקר טוב! איך אתה מרגיש היום? האם אתם מוכנים להתחיל לנסות את מקלדת QWERTY העברית החדשה שלכם? [not formatted]

*As I noted in my first answer (above) I found no listing for a "Hebrew keyboard" offering in the three Amazon's I looked through. All of the many, many, listings in those three Amazon's were for QWERTY keyboards. So if what you are looking for, among other things, is how to type on a pre-computer age Hebrew language keyboard, well, good luck, eh?

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  • After several hours with my new virtual Hebrew and the Hebrew (Israel) language that was associated – К. Келлогг Смиф Mar 11 '18 at 20:39
  • I got cut off ... with my Hebrew keyboard and studying the Hebrew alphabet I can begin to learn the Hebrew language by typing it. – К. Келлогг Смиф Mar 11 '18 at 21:27

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