Bulgarian – BGN/PCGN transliteration system

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Bulgarian virtual keyboard

The Bulgarian 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

Bulgarian (български език, transliterated as balgarski ezik) is an Indo-European language from the Slavic linguistic group. Written in the Cyrillic alphabet, it is spoken in the Balkans and counts about 10 million speakers, mainly in Bulgaria where it is the official language.

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.

This system for Bulgarian was adopted by the BGN in 1949 and by the PCGN in 1952. It reflects the much simplified Bulgarian orthography as officially revised in February 1945.

Specific rule

  • The character sequence тс is romanized t·s in order to differentiate that romanization from the regularly occurring digraph ts, which represents the character ц.

Other transliteration systems for Bulgarian

The other currently supported transliteration systems for Bulgarian are: ALA-LC, Andreychin (UN), Danchev, ISO 9, and streamlined.


Intensive Bulgarian: A Textbook & Reference Grammar (Vol 1) Intensive Bulgarian: A Textbook & Reference Grammar (Vol 1)
by , editors University of Wisconsin Press (2000)
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Intensive Bulgarian: A Textbook & Reference Grammar (Vol 2) Intensive Bulgarian: A Textbook & Reference Grammar (Vol 2)
by , editors University of Wisconsin Press (2000)
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A comprehensive Bulgarian grammar for foreign learners
by , editors Daniela Ubenova (2000)
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Le bulgare de poche Le bulgare de poche
by , editors Assimil (2009)
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Parlons bulgare Parlons bulgare
by , editors L’Harmattan (1996)
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Dicionário Editora de Português-Búlgaro Dicionário Editora de Português-Búlgaro
by , editors Porto (2006)
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Other supported languages

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