How to type Spanish characters on a Samsung Galaxy s4


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In high school, my Spanish teacher was very strict about accents. If a student spelled a word without its accent, it was marked wrong – no mercy! For a student whose native language doesn’t really utilize accents, this seemed rather harsh, but eventually I got so used to it that now I get annoyed when I’m typing on a new device and can’t figure out where the accented characters are. After all, on New Years, I don’t want to wish all my Spanish-speaking friends a “Feliz Ano Nuevo.”

That being said, finding the Spanish accented characters was one of the first things I did on the Samsung Galaxy s4. They aren’t immediately apparent on the onscreen keyboard, so I made this little video to help you find them, too.

Happy texting!

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  1. Oh, good grief! “Feliz Ano Nuevo” is the worst! And typing “anio” or “anyo” won’t make it any better. I even saw someone try to get away with “anho” and all I could think was, “This is Spanish, not Portuguese!”:If all else fails, alt+164, folks!

  2. In all my years in Spanish, I’d never heard it…your ‘feliz ano nuevo’ made me laugh out loud. I’ve never been a stickler for accents on the computer, but definitely when writing on paper. Now I may have to think twice about leaving stuff off!

  3. For high school students, the año/ano jokes never get old. But as much as they laugh about “¿Cuántos anos tienes?” they still manage to forget the ~ in their compositions!

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