vikipeediya:IPA for Serbo-Croatian

The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Serbo-Croatian (i.e. Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin standards thereof) pronunciations in Wikipedia articles.

English approximations are in some cases very loose, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation. See Serbo-Croatian phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds.

IPA Lat. Cyr. Examples nearest English equivalent
b b б bob bob
d d д dan done
đ ђ đak Jaw
џ ak George
f f ф film film
ɡ g г gore gore
j j ј ja yaw
k k к kola cola
l l л Luka Luke
bicikl little
m m м more more
n n н ne no
ŋ banka bank
ɲ nj њ konj canyon
p p п pet pet
r r р robot robot (trilled)
vrba US: verb (trilled)
s s с stol stole
ʃ š ш šuma shell
t t т tata tatoo
ć ћ ćup cheese
ts c ц šaorc shorts
č ч čekić church
ʋ v в voda van
x h х hir he
ʎ lj љ bilje million
z z з zima zoo
ʒ ž ж muž fusion
IPA Lat. Cyr. Examples nearest English equivalent
a a а rat father
ɛ e е slet let
i i и list least
ɔ o о more more
u u у trup scoop
IPA Dict. Examples explanation
Tone and vowel length
Tonic marks are not part of the orthography, but are found in dictionaries[1]
ɛ e sekunda non-tonic short vowel
ɛaaː ē livel non-tonic long vowel
ɛaǎ è ekran short vowel with rising tone
ɛaǎaaː é kreda long vowel with rising tone
ɛaâ ȅ efikasan short vowel with falling tone
ɛaâaaː ȇ ep long vowel with falling tone


  1. Tone marks can also be found on syllabic consonants, such as [řa̩] and [r̩aâaaː]. Some articles may use the stress mark, [ˈaaɛ], which could correspond to either of the tonic accents, rising or falling, and are therefore not a complete description.