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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 Gaj's Latin alphabet, but unlike Gaj's Latin alphabet, which is used in all standards, Cyrillic is only used in Serbian and Montenegrin. Serbian Cyrillic and Gaj's Latin alphabet are congruent(they can be transliterated 1:1)

Difficulty Edit

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 latin 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

Letter Pronunciation Notes
а A in "large"
б B
в W Not to be confused with the latin B
г G More or less the same as in Latin
д D
ђ First G in "George"
е E in "Less" More or less the same as in Latin
ж Si in "Vision"
з Z
и Ea in "Easy" Not to be confused with the latin N
ј Y in "Yes"
к K More or less the same as in Latin
л L
љ L+ Y in "Yes"
м M More or less the same as in Latin
н N
њ Ni in "Onion"
о O More or less the same as in Latin
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
т T More or less the same as in Latin
ћ Ch in "Change"
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"

Montenegro only Edit

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

Same lettersEdit

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

Letter Pronunciation Notes
а A in "large"
е E in "Less" More or less the same as in Latin
ј Y in "Yes"
к K More or less the same as in Latin
м M More or less the same as in Latin
о O More or less the same as in Latin
т T More or less the same as in Latin

Different lettersEdit

All letters that notably differ from their Latin 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

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

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

Keyboard layout Edit

Serbian cyrillic keyboard layout
Serbian cyrillic latin keyboard layout

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 Gaj's Latin alphabet, 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

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

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/

Serbian cyrillic challenges


Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian

Scripts Serbian cyrillic script Gaj's latin alphabet

Standards Bosnian Croatian Serbian Montenegrin

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin Compared

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