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  • The Kyrgyz writing system does not distinguish between velar and uvular consonants. These consonants are in complementary distribution. The transcribed forms follow the writing system in not distinguishing these.
  • In addition to the Cyrillic script, the Arabic script is also used in China, and ad-hoc Latin-based scripts are occasionally used elsewhere.

Writing System with Transcription

Аа (a)Бб (b)Вв (v)Гг (g)Дд (d)Ее (e, ye)Ёё (yo)Жж (ž)
Зз (z)Ии (i)Йй (y)Кк (k)Лл (l)Мм (m)Нн (n)Ңң (ŋ)
Оо (o)Өө (ö)Пп (p)Рр (r)Сс (s)Тт (t)Уу (u)Үү (ü)
Фф (f)Хх (x)Цц (ts)Чч (č)Шш (š)Щщ (šč)ЪъЫы (ï)
ЬьЭэ (e)Юю (yu)Яя (ya)
Several letters, including those without transcriptions noted, are found only in Russian loanwords.


Эл-Создук. 2018.

Krippes, Karl A. 1998. Kyrgyz: Kyrgyz-English/English-Kyrgyz dictionary: glossary of terms. New York: Hippocrene Books.

Öztopçu, Kurtuluş, et al. 1996. Dictionary of the Turkic Languages. London: Routledge. 2011. Переводчики, словари, разговорники.

Юдахин, К.К., ed. 2019. Орусча-кыргызча сөздүк = Русско-кыргызский словарь: 51000 слов. Бишкек: Полиграфбумресурсы.

Approximate location of Kyrgyz speakers in Central Asia.
Approximate location of Kyrgyz speakers in Central Asia.
Native name:Kïrgïzča, Kïrgïz tili
Alternate names:Kirghiz, Kara-Kirghiz
Spoken in:Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China
Number of speakers:4.5 million
Writing system:Cyrillic
ISO 639-3 code:kir
Last update:2022-03-31