Belarusian – BGN/PCGN transliteration system

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Belarusian virtual keyboard

The Belarusian 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.

Language overview

Belarusian (Беларуская мова, transliterated as biełaruskaja mova) belongs to the East Slavic group of the Indo-European family. Official language in Belarus, alongside Russian, it counts about 5.1 million speakers. The Belarusian language is written in a variation of the Cyrillic script counting 32 letters.

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.

The BGN/PCGN system for Belarusian (formerly referred to as Byelorussian) was designed for use in romanizing names written in the Belarusian Cyrillic alphabet. The Belarusian alphabet contains three characters not present in the Russian alphabet: і, ў, and .
The portion of the system pertaining to the Belarusian language was jointly adopted by BGN and PCGN in 1979.

Specific rules

  • The character sequences зг, кг, сг, тс, and цг may be romanized z·h, k·h, s·h, t·s, and ts·h in order to differentiate those romanizations from the digraphs zh, kh, sh, ts, and the letter sequence tsh, which are used to render the characters ж, х, ш, ц, and the character sequence тш.
  • The obsolete character ґ should be romanized as g.

Other transliteration systems for Belarusian

The other currently supported transliteration systems for Belarusian are: ALA-LC, ISO 9, national, and scholarly.


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Other supported languages

The other supported languages are: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Altai, Armenian (eastern, classical), Armenian (western), Azerbaijani (Azeri), Bashkir, 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.