Useful for spelling words and names over the phone. English uses 26 letters to represent 44 sounds.
The apco phonetic alphabet a k a.
Phonetic spelling of letter b. The united states uses zee while other countries use zed. They make you uncomfortable seem to follow no apparent rules and. Apparently there are official spellings of the letters.
The icao alphabet as it s called for short is used to avoid mistakes caused by letters and numbers that. The international phonetic alphabet ipa is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the latin alphabet it was devised by the international phonetic association in the late 19th century as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The nato phonetic alphabet is the most widely used radiotelephone spelling alphabet it is officially the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet and also commonly known as the icao phonetic alphabet with a variation officially known as the itu phonetic alphabet and figure code the international civil aviation organization icao assigned codewords acrophonically to the letters of the.
I printed this page cut out the table containing the nato phonetic alphabet below and taped it to the side of my computer monitor when i was a call center help desk technician. They are weird and don t always contain the letter they represent. There are multiple letter combinations that can represent the same sound e g the sound in fan graph half or laugh.
Could you spell your last name mr. Spelling letters usually occurs in compound names or derivatives. Use a spelling alphabet to be accurate consistent and professional.
B is replaced with bravo. Phonetic alphabets are used to indicate through symbols or codes what a speech sound or letter sounds like. These phonetic alphabets also called spelling alphabets replace the 26 letters of the english alphabet with 26 code words.
We have included each letter with its name and plural below the list of examples. A is replaced with alpha. These spellings are different than the phonetic alphabet used to distinguish similar sounding letters while speaking.
Lapd radio alphabet is the term for an old competing spelling alphabet to the icao radiotelephony alphabet defined by the association of public safety communications officials international from 1941 to 1974 that is used by the los angeles police department lapd and other local and state law enforcement agencies across the state of california and. The nato phonetic alphabet is instead a spelling alphabet also known as telephone alphabet radio alphabet word spelling alphabet or voice procedure alphabet. There are multiple sounds associated with individual letters e g the f in fan vs.
The problem with phonetic spelling is that english is not phonetic. The international civil aviation organization created the international radiotelephony spelling alphabet tied to the english alphabet to ensure that letters are properly pronounced and understood by air traffic controllers and pilots around the world despite what languages are spoken. C is replaced with charlie and so on.
The ipa is used by lexicographers foreign language students and teachers linguists speech language pathologists.