The Serbian Cyrillic script, is the variety of the cyrillic script that resembles the Russian and Bulgarian cyrillic scripts. It's used when writing Serbo-Croatian along with Latinica, but unlike Latinica, which is used in all standards, Cyrillic is only used in Serbian and Montenegrin. Serbian Cyrillic and Latinica are congruent(they can be transliterated 1:1)


Difficulty[edit | edit source]

If you only know the Latin alphabet, the Cyrillic alphabet may seem intimidating. But it only contains 30/32 letters and a fair amount of them are indentical or very similar to their latinica counterparts. Generally, the difficult grammar and lack of resources are going to be much bigger challenges than a bunch of silly letters when you're learning Serbo-Croatian.

the letters[edit | edit source]

Letter Pronunciation Notes
а A in "large"
б B
в W Not to be confused with the latinica B
г G More or less the same as in Latinica
д D
ђ First G in "George"
е E in "Less" More or less the same as in Latinica
ж Si in "Vision"
з Z
и Ea in "Easy" Not to be confused with the latinica N
ј Y in "Yes"
к K More or less the same as in Latinica
л L
љ L+ Y in "Yes"
м M More or less the same as in Latinica
н N
њ Ni in "Onion"
о O More or less the same as in Latinica
п P Not to be confused with the latinica N
р Rolled R Not to be confused with the latinica P
с S Not to be confused with the latinica C
т T More or less the same as in Latinica
ћ Ch in "Change"
у OO in "Ooze" Not to be confused with the latinica Y
ф F
х Hard G Not to be confused with the latinica X
ц Ts in "Sports"
ч Ch in "Choice"
џ J in "John"
ш Sh in "Shoe"

Montenegro only[edit | edit source]

Letter Pronounciation Notes
Ć Sj Not to be confused with the Latinica Ć
З́ Zj

Same letters[edit | edit source]

Letters that have more or less the same pronunciation as their Latinica counterpart

Letter Pronunciation
а A in "large"
е E in "Less"
ј Y in "Yes"
к K
м M
о O
т T

Different letters[edit | edit source]

All letters that notably differ from their Latinica counterpart

Letter Pronunciation Notes
в W Not to be confused with the latin B
д D
ђ First G in "George"
ж Si in "Vision"
з Z
и Ea in "Easy" Not to be confused with the latin N
л L
љ L+ Y in "Yes"
н N
њ Ni in "Onion"
п P Not to be confused with the latin N
р Rolled R Not to be confused with the latin P
с S Not to be confused with the latin C
у OO in "Ooze" Not to be confused with the latin Y
ф F
х Hard G Not to be confused with the latin X
ц Ts in "Sports"
ч Ch in "Choice"
џ J in "John"
ш Sh in "Shoe"

False Friends[edit | edit source]

Letters that look similar to certain Latinica letters but are pronounced differently.

Letter Pronunciation Notes
В W in "water" Not to be confused with the latinica B
Н N Not to be confused with the latinica H
Р trilled R Not to be confused with the latinica P
Y OO in "Ooze" Not to be confused with the latinica Y
Х Hard G Not to be confused with the latinica X

Keyboard layout[edit | edit source]

Serbian cyrillic keyboard layout.jpg

A serbian cyrillic keyboard layout with the letters swapped for their latin equivalent.

The Serbian Cyrillic Keyboard resembles the QWERTZ layout that's used for German and Latinica, but some of the letters that aren't used in Serbia(Q, W, X, Y) are swapped out for letters that are used.

Actually learning the thing[edit | edit source]

The Cyrillic alphabet is, as you can see, quite easy, but you still have to learn it. The best way is to memorise the letters and then apply them. Start with easy words and work your way up to more difficult words and sentences, you should be able to use Cyrillic smoothly is less than a month

Exercises[edit | edit source]

Like with any alphabet, the best way to get used to it is to practice. Here are some links you can use to practice your Serbian cyrillic:

https://www.memrise.com/course/96678/cyrillic-alphabet-serbian/


Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian

Scripts Serbian cyrillic script Latinica

Standards Bosnian Croatian Serbian Montenegrin

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin Compared Serbo-Croatian Input Material

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