Moscow gets transliterated street signs

Road sign in Russia.

Road sign in Russia. Image by Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0

Road sign in Russia.

Road sign in Russia. Image by Quinn Dombrowski / CC BY-SA 2.0

Moscow’s city authorities have put up new street signs, to help foreign visitors move around the city more easily. The signs include both Cyrillic street names and their transliterations into Roman letters. The transliterations are unusual because they include the Russian Cyrillic letter ‘x’ (Roman ‘h’) instead of its usual transliteration ‘kh’. Apparently, the system used on the signs was originally intended for online use, for those who have Latin keyboards but wish to write in Russian. The City Hall does not intend to make changes to the transliterations, and plans to install 110,000 new street signs by 2018. Read more: themoscowtimes.com

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