Alpha; Bravo; Charlie; Delta; Echo; Foxtrot; Golf Hotel; India

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                         Speech Recognition Software and the Spelling Alphabet

Most people have heard “Alpha Beta Charlie” and know it comes from a spelling alphabet. The
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) spelling alphabet, also known as the NATO phonetic
alphabet or international radiotelephony spelling alphabet, is the most popular spelling alphabet.
It is frequently referred to as "the phonetic alphabet" but spelling alphabets are different from
phonetic transcription systems like the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The ICAO Spelling Alphabet is very useful when using your speech recognition software "spell it"
feature. The program does not always understand your letter prononciation but will react
correctly to the phonetic alphabet very easily. You can input a word it fails to recognise quickly.
Suppose you say "antic" and it responds with "frantic" or "ranting". Instuct it to" spell it" and then
say quickly: Alpha November India Tango Charlie. It never fails to get what you mean.

Spelling Alphabet List

Alpha; Bravo; Charlie; Delta; Echo; Foxtrot; Golf Hotel; India; Juliet; Kilo;
Lima; Mike; November; Oscar; Papa; Quebec; Romeo; Sierra; Tango;
Uniform; Victor; Whiskey; X-ray; Yankee; Zulu
To learn thephonetic alphabet it helps to break it down into sections and commit four at a time to
memory with repitition.

   •   Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta

   •   Echo Foxtrot Golf Hotel

   •   India Juliet Kilo Lima

   •   Mike November Oscar Papa

   •   Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango

   •   Uniform Victor Whiskey X-ray

   •   Yankee Zulu

Call up the "spell it" function with your spech recognition software and practice. In no time you
will sound veryprofessional. It is also very useful when using the phone.

A Phonetic Alphabet list for printing from a pdf document can be found here. Pin it up near your
phone or computer and with your headphones on you are ready to sound like a pro!

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

Letter phonetic      Pronounced

A      Alpha        Al-fah

B      Bravo        Brah-voh

C      Charlie      Char-lee

D      Delta        Dell-tah

E      Echo         Eck-oh

F      Foxtrot      Foks-trot

G      Golf         Golf

H      Hotel        Hoh-tel

I      India        In-dee-ah

J      Juliet       Jew-lee-et

K      Kilo         Key-loh

L      Lima         Lee-mah

M      Mike         Mike

N      November     No-vem-ber

O      Oscar        Oss-car

P      Papa         Pah-pah

Q      Quebec       Keh-beck

R      Romeo        Row-me-oh

S      Sierra       See-air-rah

T      Tango        Tang-go

U      Uniform      Yoo-nih-form

V      Victor       Vik-tore

W      Whiskey      Wiss-key

X      Xray         Ecks-ray

Y      Yankee       Yang-key

Z      Zulu         Zoo-loo
Number       Pronounced

1    One     Wun

2    Two     Too

3    Three   Tree

4    Four    Fow-er

5    Five    Fife

6    Six     six

7    Seven   Sev-en

8    Eight   Ait

9    Nine    Nin-er

0    Zero    Zee-ro
Western Union Phonetic Alphabet is an alternative but less well known,

Letter Phonetic

A      Adams

B      Boston

C      Chicago

D      Denver

E      Easy

F      Frank

G      George

H      Henry

I      Ida

J      John

K      King

L      Lincoln

M      Mary

N      New York

O      Ocean

P      Peter

Q      Queen

R      Roger

S      Sugar

T      Thomas

U      Union

V      Victor

W      William

X      X-ray

Y      Young

Z      Zero