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I use the iPhone in English, but I save the names of my contacts in Russian. The problem is that they all appear now under (#).

Is there any way to fix that?

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Unfortunately since your iPhone is set to the default language of English; your contacts in Russian will be sent straight to the # section of your contact listings. The reasons are that the Russian and English alphabets are not associative, and therefore you cannot file Russian characters under English ones. Even though it could make sense that character sounds in Russian could be relatively phonically associated with English ones; it doesn't make sense to program something that heavy into a mobile OS. I have Japanese contacts on my phone, and it is pushed to the # section as well. I'm sorry that I couldn't solve your dilemma, but there isn't a solution (yet).

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I have the Russian keyboard enabled, thats how I entered the contacts, I didn't copy them from another phone , still the same :( – user15386 Dec 22 '11 at 13:12
iOS 5.0.1 iPhone 4s just bought it, since the beginning I added the Russian keyboard and added a name, it was autumatically sorted under # , and I have connected it to my pc iTunes , but I've rewritten all contacts name and I didnt restore them from anywhere – user15386 Dec 22 '11 at 13:47
Look, this time the method I used was not backup, but I reentered every single contact to my new iPhone , I know it looks unbelievable but I did it :) still the problem remains is how to change letters sorting to accept Russian letters under an English interface instead of listing them under # :( – user15386 Dec 22 '11 at 14:03
10 mins ago I activated iCloud but the problem was present since the first time I used the new phone, I think that it's recognizing all Russian letters as just symbols, thus listing them under # – user15386 Dec 22 '11 at 14:42
Updated my answer. – imlouisrussell Dec 22 '11 at 15:22

I had a similar problem. Have several contacts in Serbian (cyrillic) others in English. I solved the problem by adding to each contact written in cyrillic new fields for phonetic spelling for the last and the first name.

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I know that this thread is kind of old, but to update it I can now report that this works perfectly for Chinese names. I added phonetic names to my Chinese contacts and they sort by phonetic name. This deserves more upvotes. – Arc676 Dec 28 '15 at 13:48

Sorting Japanese or Chinese is not only difficult—it’s an unsolved problem. This seems hard to believe if you are not familiar with the complexities of processing Japanese or Chinese digitally. But what is trivially easy in English is impossible in Japanese or Chinese, even with the amount of computer power we have available today.

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How to sort in multiple language in js ? – user64581 Dec 11 '13 at 6:46

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