Bilingual kids, I know how it is: You’re trying to text your mom in both English and her native language, but the keyboard app you’ve got installed can’t recognize the word you’re typing out. What's worse: It'll start auto-correcting to something completely different, which makes typing in other languages an exasperating experience.
Minuum Keyboard’s latest update can alleviate some of this annoyance with a new feature that lets you install more than one language pack at a time, and use both in tandem. For instance, if you tend to throw around Spanish slang words, you won’t have to suffer through auto-correct attempts to decipher what you’re typing.
Thus far, Minuum supports only the following languages: English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Because Minuum doesn't support Romanian, my family's native language, I tried the feature with my limited Spanish.
The app cherry-picks words from both the Spanish and English dictionaries as you type, and it inserts special characters, too. You don’t have to switch language packs actively, either, though you can force the app to default to another dictionary by long-pressing the spacebar.
Why this matters: Android is a global operating system, used by many who speak more than one language. Switching between languages in apps like Google Keyboard has always been a hassle. My mom and I text in Romanian slang, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just given up on typing out jokes or other references because the app would default to an English word I wasn't trying to use. It's even worse with voice dictation.
You can tweet a request to add another language via the developers' website. Maybe if enough of us ask for Romanian, they’ll finally come through.