Hi Bill, the tool I was using for Russian is designed to suit a qwerty keyboard and works quite well. I've been having fun trying to translate building names, signs etc while GE 'touring' Russia,- lots of fun and learning as well. You are right with the grammar as most languages have their own unique systems. Russian has odd things like ъ (hard)or b which alter the sound of the letter or the one after it, ш or щ Hard-soft etc. I don't think there is anything which translates precisely, -enough to be understood I think.
It's like English, we have so many ways of describing things, and have letters with different sounds, sometimes governed by the letter after them, ie - and, aunt, auger etc. I'd love to be good at languages like some people who have a natural gift. I'm impressed by a British guy who tours Russia on YT (under the name 'Daily Bald' as he seems fluent in Russian.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTKrYay1FMU If you are interested,- very interesting vids!
(this has boats in it)
(From the language keyboard)--
This online Russian keyboard follows the easy-to-learn AATSEEL “phonetic” keyboard layout, which tries to match Russian letters to QWERTY keys based on sound — for example, п (which sounds like p) is typed by pressing P. The phonetic layout is widely used in the US by Russian translators, teachers, people learning Russian, etc. If you’re looking for the layout that is used in Russia, try this Russian keyboard from Apronus.