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English Phonetic Spelling Alphabet

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

A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliet
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whisky
X X-ray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu

It is very easy to learn this Spelling Alphabet. 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:

The English Phonetic Spelling Alphabet is widely used by police and military organizations, including NATO. It is sometimes called the "NATO Phonetic Alphabet" but in fact it predates NATO by several decades. It is also sometimes called, wrongly, the "International Phonetic Alphabet".