Romanization of Kyrgyz

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The Kyrgyz language is written in the Kyrgyz alphabet, a modification of Cyrillic. There is no commonly accepted system of romanization for Kyrgyz, i.e. a rendering of Kyrgyz in the Latin alphabet, although a system based on the Turkish alphabet is gaining currency. There have been periodic discussions about changing the country's official writing system to Latin script. These proposals have seen little progress as the Cyrillic alphabet is more firmly established in Kyrgyzstan than in other post-Soviet Turkic states, which have either successfully switched to Latin script (Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan) or are in active transition (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan). Some Kyrgyz romanization systems are given below:

Cyrillic ALA/LC BGN/PCGN Google ISO 9 PAU
А а A a A a A a A a A a
Б б B b B b B b B b B b
В в V v V v V v V v V v
Г г G g G g G g Ğ ğ G g G g
Д д D d D d D d D d D d
Е е E e E e E e E e E e
Ё ё Ë ë Yo yo Yo yo Ë ë Yo yo
Ж ж Zh zh J j J j Ž ž J j
З з Z z Z z Z z Z z Z z
И и I i I i İ i I i İ i
Й й Ĭ ĭ Y y Y y J j Y y
К к K k K k K k Q q K k K k
Л л L l L l L l L l L l
М м M m M m M m M m M m
Н н N n N n N n N n N n
Ң ң N͡g n͡g Ng ng Ŋ ŋ N̦ n̦ Ñ ñ
О о O o O o O o O o O o
Ө ө Ȯ ȯ Ö ö Ö ö Ô ô Ö ö
П п P p P p P p P p P p
Р р R r R r R r R r R r
С с S s S s S s S s S s
Т т T t T t T t T t T t
У у U u U u U u U u U u
Ү ү U̇ u̇ Ü ü Ü ü Ù ù Ü ü
Ф ф F f F f F f F f F f
Х х Kh kh Kh kh H h H h X x
Ц ц T͡s t͡s Ts ts Ts ts C c C c
Ч ч Ch ch Ch ch Ç ç Č č Ç ç
Ш ш Sh sh Sh sh Ş ş Š š Ş ş
Щ щ Shch shch Shch shch Sç sç Ŝ ŝ Şş şş
Ъ ъ ʺ ˮ - ʺ -
Ы ы Y y Y y I ı Y y I ı
Ь ь ′ʹ ʼ - ʹ -
Э э Ė ė E e E e È è E e
Ю ю I͡u i͡u Yu yu Yu yu Û û Yu yu
Я я I͡a i͡a Ya ya Ya ya  â Ya ya

Besides these systems, one may encounter different romanizations on e.g. road signs in Kyrgyzstan. For instance, "Чок" may be romanized as "Czoc".

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