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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Using the Phonetic Alphabet to Spell Words

Letter Pronunciation Letter Pronunciation
A Alpha (AL fah) N November (no VEM ber)
B Bravo (BRAH VOH) O Oscar (OSS cah)
C Charlie (CHAR lee) P Papa (pah PAH)
D Delta (DELL tah) Q Quebec (keh BECK)
E Echo (ECK oh) R Romeo (ROW me oh)
F Foxtrot (FOKS trot) S Sierra (see AIR rah)
G Golf (GOLF) T Tango (TANG go)
H Hotel (hoh TELL) U Uniform (YOU nee form)
I India (IN dee ah) V Victor (VIK tah)
J Juliet (JEW lee ETT) W Whiskey (WISS key)
K Kilo (KEY loh) X X Ray (ECKS RAY)
L Lima (LEE mah) Y Yankee (YANG key)
M Mike (MIKE) Z Zulu (ZOO loo)

The above table can be used to avoid misunderstandings when spelling words.
For example the name Smith would be spelled as follows:

S as in Sierra.
M as in Mike.
I as in India.
T as in Tango.
H as in Hotel.

If pilots feel this is a useful tool, ESL speakers shouldn't hesitate to use it when communicating important information. Americans also often use A as in Apple, S as in Susan, and others. The table is the more "official" guide.

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