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KeyKey is a typing tutor based on the assumption that it is better to train your muscle memory than to learn the placement of the keys. The application supports training with many types of keyboards layouts, such as QWERTY, AZERTY, QGMLWY, QWERTZ, COLEMAC and DVORAK. Its interface is quite minimalistic and shows a virtual keyboard which teaches you how to place your hands and which finger to use for each letter.
Choosing the desired language is one of the initial settings, and probably the most important together with keyboard layout. In this respect, there are several languages available, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Turkish, Greek, Russian and Ukrainian. However, as you can see, most of them are European languages and those from other regions are barely represented.
As said, picking the language you want to be trained on is crucial. This is because the lessons are based on a selection of letter combinations likely to occur in the most widely used words for that specific language. In theory, practicing that kind of letter combination can train your muscle memory better and thus avoid typing errors in the future.
The tutor supports two training modes: automatic and manual. Likewise, there are two levels: Beginner and Expert. On automatic mode, the tutorials become adaptive, that is, they adjust to your typing level. On manual mode, in turn, you can choose the lesson you would like to start with. Other more specific options are using capitals, numbers and punctuation. In any case, it is necessary to complete Lessons 1 through 6 if you want to unlock the Expert mode. It is good that each lesson introduces new letter combinations but continues to provide practice on previously taught letters as well.
Good news is that you can consult your statistics at any time. Thus, you can check how many errors you have made while typing or what your speed records are. Apparently, KeyKey does have a positive impact on typing speed and accuracy.
All in all, KeyKey uses a different method to help you learn how to type; yet, it seems to be effective. According to the developers, lessons were created out of analyzing the most frequent letter combinations found in different languages. The product can be purchased from the Mac Store but there is a trial version on Setapp.
- Lessons based on most frequent letter combinations in a specific language
- Two difficulty levels
- Two training modes
- Supports adaptive learning
- Alllows consulting your statistics
- Supports various keyboard layouts
- Non-European languages are barely represented