Azerbaijani (Azeri) – BGN/PCGN transliteration system

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Azerbaijani (Azeri) virtual keyboard

The Azerbaijani (Azeri) virtual keyboard allows you to enter characters with a click of your mouse. There’s no need to change your keyboard layout anymore. The transliteration of each supported character is displayed on the right side of the character. You can then directly transliterate your text from one script to the other according to the selected transliteration system.

Transliteration system: BGN/PCGN

The BGN/BGCN is a virtual committee formed by the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN), which is a United States federal body, and the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN), an independent inter-departmental body for the use of the British government. Both are aimed at establishing and maintaining uniform usage of geographic names, and their standards have been agreed upon by both party as a joint adoption.

Azerbaijani, also known as Azeri, is the official language of Azerbaijan. In 1991, the Azerbaijani government adopted the Roman alphabet to replace the existing Cyrillic alphabet. This Cyrillic-Roman BGN/PCGN 1993 Agreement supersedes the BGN/PCGN 1979 romanization system for Azerbaijani.

Specific rules

  • The special letter Ə, ə known as schwa, should be reproduced in that form whenever encountered. The characters Ə (Unicode 04D8) and ə (Unicode 04D9) should be used for schwa when writing in the Cyrillic script, but characters Ə (Unicode 018F) and ə (Unicode 0259) should be used when writing in the Roman alphabet. In those instances when it cannot be reproduced, however, the letter Ä, ä may be substituted for it.
  • The obsolete characters й, э, ю, and я should be romanized , ė, yu̇, and .

Other transliteration systems for Azerbaijani (Azeri)

The other currently supported transliteration systems for Azerbaijani (Azeri) are: ALA-LC, ISO 9, and Roman.


A grammar of Azeri A grammar of Azeri
by , editors CreateSpace (2016)
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Elementary Azerbaijani Elementary Azerbaijani
by , editors Kurtulus Öztopçu (2003)

Azerbaijani-English, English-Azerbaijani dictionary and phrasebook Azerbaijani-English, English-Azerbaijani dictionary and phrasebook
by , editors Hippocrene Books (1999)

Parlons Azerbaïdjanais Parlons Azerbaïdjanais
by , editors L’Harmattan (2008)

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Other supported languages

The other supported languages are: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Altai, Armenian (eastern, classical), Armenian (western), Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Carrier, Cherokee, Chuvash, Erzya, Georgian, Greek, Ingush, Inuktitut, Japanese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Moldovan, Old Church Slavonic, Ossetian, Russian, Serbian, Tamazight, Tigrinya, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Vai, and Yakut.