Wiktionary:About Bulgarian

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This page is trying to provide a comprehensive guideline for any issues that arise in connection with the Bulgarian language, in particular Bulgarian words, in Wiktionary. It is mainly an instruction on how to format articles on Bulgarian words (more precisely, how to format the Bulgarian section of an entry).

Creating Bulgarian entriesEdit

The essentialsEdit

  1. Language header lets you know the language of the word in question (==Bulgarian==). It is almost always in a level two heading (See Wiktionary:How to edit a page for some basic terminology we use). When there is more than one language header on a page, the language headers should appear in alphabetical order with Translingual and English given priority. Do not use Castilian in the language header.
  2. Part of Speech header is the key descriptor for the grammatical function of the term in question (such as 'noun', 'verb', etc). The definitions themselves come within its scope. This heading is most frequently in a level three heading, and a page may have more than one for a single language.
  3. Part of Speech line is the line immediately following the part of speech header. It consists of the entry name in bold, the transliteration of the word, followed by the gender and number (for nouns and adjectives) or lexical aspect (for verbs).
  4. Definitions or Translations of the word appear as a numbered list in the part of speech section immediately following the headword line, though it is a good idea to include a blank line in between for ease of editing.

A very simple exampleEdit

This is a simple entry for the word лекар, and shows the most fundamental elements of an article:

  1. the word’s language (as a level 2 heading),
  2. its part of speech or "type" (as a level 3 heading),
  3. the inflection word itself (using the correct Part of Speech template and the transliteration of the word),
  4. a definition (preceded by "#", which causes automatic numbering),
  5. and links in the definition or translation for key words.

This example can be copied and used to start an article or section of an article.



# [[physician]], [[doctor]]

Formatting Bulgarian entriesEdit

You are advised to read Wiktionary:Entry layout explained first. It sets forth the general formatting rules for pages, as well as those specific to the English language.

Preferred order of sectionsEdit

The part of speech section will often include simple translation(s) into English in place of definitions, but there may be subsections.

Following is the preferred sequence for these standard sections:

 ===Alternative forms===
 ====Usage notes====
 ====Inflection==== (''Note: Or Conjugation for verb entries'')
 ====Related terms====
 ===See also===

Please note that the Noun header is only one possible part of speech that may appear as the header. If the entry being created is for a Bulgarian verb, then "Verb" should appear in place of the word "Noun" in the example above.

Alternative formsEdit

It is used only for words that have alternative forms such as обед and обяд or жираф and жирафа.


A typical pronunciation section may look like the following example based on the word автомоби́л (avtomobíl):

* {{bg-IPA|автомоби́л}}


Some unstressed vowels are pronounced differently from their stressed counterparts.

Vowel Stressed Example Unstressed Example
<а> /a/ баба /'babə/ /ə/ баба /'babə/
<ъ> /ɤ/ мъж /mɤʃ/ /ə/ мъжът /mə'ʒɤt/
<о> /ɔ/ око /o'kɔ/ /o/ око /o'kɔ/
<у> /u/ уча /'utʃə/ /u/ уста /u'sta/
<е> /ɛ/ дете /dɛ'tɛ/ /ɛ/ дете /dɛ'tɛ/
<и> /i/ живи /'ʒivi/ /i/ живи /'ʒivi/


Voiced Voicеless Examples
Hard Soft Hard Soft
/b/ /bʲ/ /p/ /pʲ/ бор /bɔr/ бял /aɫ/ пор /pɔr/ пял /aɫ/
/v/ /vʲ/ /f/ /fʲ/ вал /vaɫ/ вял /aɫ/ фон /fɔn/ фьон /ɔn/
/g/ /gʲ/ /k/ /kʲ/ гол /gɔɫ/ гьол /ɔɫ/ куп /kup/ кюп /up/
/d̪/ /dʲ/ /t̪/ /tʲ/ дал /aɫ/ дял /aɫ/ та /a/ тя /a/
/ʒ/ - /ʃ/ - жило /ʒiɫo/ - шило /ʃiɫo/ -
/z/ /zʲ/ /s/ /sʲ/ тормоза /t̪or'mɔzə/ тормозя /t̪or'mɔə/ сал /saɫ/ сял /aɫ/
/l/ /lʲ/ - - лек /lɛk/ люк /uk/ - -
/ɫ/ - - - лук /ɫuk/ - - -
/m/ /mʲ/ - - дима /d̪i'mɤ/ димя /d̪i'ɤ/ - -
/n/ /nʲ/ - - звъна /zvə'nɤ/ звъня /zvə'ɤ/ - -
/r/ /rʲ/ - - пора /'pɔrə/ поря /'pɔə/ - -
- - /x/ /xʲ/ - - хубав /'xubəf/ Хюстън /'ust̪ən/
/dz/ /dzʲ/ /ts/ /tsʲ/ Дзержински /dzɛr'ʒinskʲi/ Ядзя /'jadzʲə/ цар /tsar/ цяр /tsʲar/
/dʒ/ - /tʃ/ - джанта /'ant̪ə/ - чанта /'ant̪ə/ -

Palatalization is denoted by the symbol /ʲ/ after the soft consonant, which is different from the symbol /j/, used for the semivowel й.

The consonants /k/, /g/ and /x/ are always palatalized before /ɛ/ and /i/:

  • геврек - /ɛv'rɛk/ (not /gɛv'rɛk/)
  • киви - /'ivi/
  • хем - /ɛm/
Final obstruent devoicingEdit

Аll voiced consonants at the end of the word are pronounced like their voiceless counterparts. Here are some examples:

  • град - /gra/ (not /gra/)
  • молив - /'mɔlif/
  • гръб - /grɤp/
  • мъж - /mɤʃ/

Whenever two or more consonants that participate in the opposition voiced : voiceless occur next to each other, the final consonant influences the voicing of the whole consonant cluster. This means that if the final consonant is voiced - the whole lot becomes voiced, and vice versa - if the final consonant is voiceless, all will be voiceless. Here are some examples:

  • градски - /'graskʲi/ (not /graskʲi/)
  • робски - /'rɔpskʲi/
  • мъжки - /'mɤʃkʲi/
  • сграда - /'zgrad̪ə/
  • сватба - /'svabə/

The sonorants /l/, /ɫ/, /m/, /n/, /r/ and the consonant /v/ do not influence the voicing of the neighbouring consonants. Examples:

  • вълшебство - /vəɫ'ʃɛpst̪vo/ (not /vəɫ'ʃɛbzd̪vo/)
  • песни - /'pɛsni/ (not /'pɛzni/)

In complex consonant clusters the consonants /t/ and /d/ are omitted:

  • честно - /'tʃɛsno/ (not /'tʃɛst̪no/)
  • вестник - /'vɛsnik/
  • щастлив - /ʃt̪əs'lif/
  • дъжд - /d̪ɤʃ/


The semivowel /j/ is represented by the letters ю, я, when preceded by a vowel or at the beginning of a word, and by the letter й:

  • ютия - /ju't̪i/
  • плюя - /'plʲu/
  • йод - /jɔt̪/

Part of Speech lineEdit

Use {{bg-noun}} for nouns, e.g.

Use {{bg-adj}} for adjectives, e.g.

Use {{bg-verb}} for verbs, e.g.

For other parts of speech, currently you should use {{head}}, e.g.

  • {{head|bg|adverb|head=тук}} for the adverb тук (tuk).

Inflection and conjugation templatesEdit

Inflection (for nouns and adjectives) and conjugation (for verbs) templates are placed immediately after the Inflection/Conjugation header. They provide a paradigm for the word.


All nouns should now use {{bg-decl-noun}} or {{bg-ndecl}}, which are equivalent.



Some online dictionaries:

  • Речник на Българския Език (Glossary of the Bulgarian Language) (in Bulgarian): [1]
  • Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary (in Bulgarian): [2]
  • PONS (in English): [3]
  • talkoven.com (in Bulgarian): [4]
  • Something that claims to be Речник на Българския Език but is different from the first entry above (in Bulgarian): [5]
  • Словоред (Slovored - "Word Order" - Bulgarian-English, English-Bulgarian dictionary - split by senses and with usage examples): [6]

Some are more trustworthy than others. The first one (Речник на Българския Език) has detailed definitions and appears generally trustworthy but is sometimes missing accents or plurals. The third one (PONS) appears trustworthy as well.