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English Phonetic Spelling

When speaking on the telephone, it is sometimes useful to spell a word using English Phonetic Spelling. To spell "Club", for example, you would say: "C for Charlie, L for Lima, U for Uniform, B for Bravo."

It is very easy to learn English Phonetic Spelling. Start by spelling your name, then your company or address. Soon, you will know the whole alphabet. It also helps to remember that there are several groups of words that go together:

  • Dances: Foxtrot, Tango
  • Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet
  • Men's first names: Charlie, Mike, Oscar, Victor
  • Cities: Lima, Quebec
AAlpha
BBravo
CCharlie
DDelta
EEcho
FFoxtrot
GGolf
HHotel
IIndia
JJuliet
KKilo
LLima
MMike
          
NNovember
OOscar
PPapa
QQuebec
RRomeo
SSierra
TTango
UUniform
VVictor
WWhisky
XX-ray
YYankee
ZZulu

According to the International Phonetic Association, the above list is sometimes wrongly called the "International Phonetic Alphabet".

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