Việt/Eng Keyboard


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Welcome to the home of Việt/Eng Keyboard on the web. Here you will find answers to some of your questions, features list, as well as instructions on usage.

NEW: Information on the new Study feature can be found in the Usage and Features sections below! 😲

*Note: Install instructions can be found in the videos section

Videos


Việt/Eng Keyboard (installing and usage)

(We are working on a better video, we will add here once it is ready)

Android 11 (Q): Settings -> System -> Languages & Input -> On-screen keyboard -> Manage on-screen keyboards -> toggle Việt/Eng Keyboard

Android 8/9/10 (Oreo/Pie): Settings -> System -> Languages & Input -> Virtual Keyboard -> Manage Keyboards -> toggle Việt/Eng Keyboard

Android 7 (Nougat): Settings -> Languages & Input -> Virtual Keyboard -> Manage Keyboards -> toggle Việt/Eng Keyboard

*New: 'Allow display over other apps' permission is required. The keyboard should automatically ask for the permission. If it does not, you can manually give permission: *

(Oreo/Pie/10): Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> 'See all xx apps' or 'App info' -> Việt/Eng Keyboard -> scroll down to 'Advanced' section -> Display over other apps -> toggle 'Allow display over other apps'

*Note: your mileage may vary according to the kind of overlay software your phone may be running. These guides are based on standard (vanilla) Android, and may be different for you. They serve as general guidance to help you through the process. Unfortunately, this may also affect the keyboard working correctly, and for some people, the keyboard may not operate correctly because of the overlay software their phone came with. Fixing these particular issues are difficult and an ongoing process.

Q&A


What is the purpose of the Việt/Eng Keyboard?

To be a replacement keyboard for native Tiếng Việt and bilingual speakers who need to communicate in both languages; enabling users to communicate completely in both languages.

I heard about this app, but I'm not Việt, what about my language?

This app/keyboard can easily support any written language. Want the keyboard in your language?, contact us.

I have an iPhone, how come there isn't a version on the App Store?

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow for a standalone keyboard app. They require any keyboards to be bundled within another app. We have plans to release a keyboard for Apple devices in the future. Moving forward with the Android version was the quickest way to go, since we wanted to know whether there was any demand for an app such as this.

Hey, I typed in a word, and the keyboard suggestions didn't find it. How come?

We plan on adding thousands more words to the keyboard, but the amount of support received will likely determine how much resources we can continue to put into the app. Over time, we hope to cover the entirety of the language.

Why did the Việt/Eng Keyboard crash while I was using it?

Keyboard software is more complicated than it seems. We are continually trying to improve, especially crashes.

Why was the Việt/Eng Keyboard so slow when I was using it?

We are continually striving to find ways to improve performance.

How come the Việt/Eng Keyboard isn't what I wanted, and it doesn't live up to my lofty expectations?

We hate to disappoint. We hope our users understand we do the best we can with what little resources we have currently at our disposal. We will try to do better. :\

How come the Việt/Eng Keyboard isn't as good as my normal keyboard?

We are doing the best we can. :)

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Features


The Việt/Eng Keyboard is very versatile, and allows for lots of customization
Settings can now be found directly from the keyboard by long-pressing the comma or period key

User can choose to show Settings in Tiếng Việt or English (not being native Tiếng Việt speakers, we did the best we could with this feature, bear with us 😄)

User can choose haptic feedback (vibration) or not

User can choose key press sound or not

User can choose to have default suggestions or not to help speed up typing

User can pick from 9 different colors to display keyboard

User can choose to show or not show key borders for all available colors

User can choose to display key preview or not

User can turn on/off Tiếng Việt suggestions

User can turn on/off English suggestions

User can turn on/off 'smart space' feature (add a space after picking a word suggestion. The keyboard removes the space if unnecessary)

User can choose to show or not show recently used words in the suggestions list

User can choose to allow multi-word search or not

User can choose to allow potentially offensive words

User can choose to clear frequently used Tiếng Việt words (empty memory)

User can choose to clear frequently used English words (emtpy memory)

User can choose to clear frequently used Custom words (empty memory)

User can view simple Tiếng Việt and English pronunciation guides (pinch-to-zoom allowed)

Study (newest feature)

User can rotate which language is currently being studied

User can study the Numbers list in random or ascending order

(As study lists are added, more features will be added here)

Usage


Let's go over correct usage of some features

What is the new Study feature? We are excited to finally release our long-planned Study feature. This feature will aid you in learning either language. The initial release will help you study numbers from 1-10 in a flash card style. In the coming months new study styles will be added as well as more study lists/topics. The Study feature can be found on the key with the open book icon (📖<-similar to this).

Find the Study feature by pressing the following keys: ?123 -> ~\^ -> 📖(directly to right of space key)

What is Key Preview? This setting will show the user which key is currently being touched by enlarging the key, making it easy for the user to see. By default, this feature is turned on.

What are Suggestions? The keyboard attempts to guess what word you are typing by showing some suggestions at the top of the keyboard as you type.

The keyboard allows to turn off just English suggestions, or just Tiếng Việt suggestions, or have both of them on, or to not have any suggestions at all. By default, this feature is turned on for both languages.

Why is there a setting to add a space after picking a suggestion? This is merely a user's preference. Some people prefer to have a space, others do not. Adding a space after picking a suggestion can be thought of as helping speed up typing. This setting also will remove the space if the next key press determines the space key unnecessary. By default, this feature is turned on.

What is the recently used suggestions setting? The keyboard remembers the words you pick from the suggestions list, and puts those at the beginning of subsequent searches, thus attempting to speed up the process of finding the word you want. The keyboard does this for both Tiếng Việt and English, or just one or the other, providing your most used words first. By default, this feature is turned on for both languages.

What is Multi-word search? The keyboard will allow and search for Tiếng Việt words that are comprised of more than one word as typing occurs, as opposed to searching for a single word each time you type something. Multi-word search can be completed/finished by picking one of the suggestions, or pressing the space key twice, and the delete key once. Once completed, resume typing new word. By default this setting is turned off.

The keyboard is also very flexible in allowing the user to clear any of the frequently used word lists (Tiếng Việt, English, Custom).

What is the custom word list, or custom list of frequently used words? There will be times when the user will come across words that don't exist in the possible words for the keyboard to suggest, Tiếng Việt and English. The keyboard allows the user to type a missing word, and it will show as the only suggestion. The user can then pick this suggestion, and it will show up as a frequently used word in suggestions.

How does the keyboard 'memory' work? There are 20 slots for Tiếng Việt words, 20 for English words, and 10 slots for custom word entries. As you use the keyboard and its memory, entries will be entered in a FIFO (First In, First Out) fashion. You can think of each list as a conveyor belt, that moves in a single direction, one slot per suggestion picked. So, each time a suggestion is picked, the word goes on the conveyor belt, and it is moved one unit. This means if frequently used words happen 1 in 20 times, that word would never leave the frequently used words list.

Why is this so complicated? We strive to provide a comprehensive, flexible, and best solution possible. Luckily, the keyboard is ready to go upon installation without any knowledge whatsoever of the information contained on this website. :)

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