What Is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet?
The NATO Phonetic Alphabet is a way of spelling out letters that can be easily confused when spoken aloud.
For example, the postcode “NP2” could easily be misheard as “MB2”, which would be a very different location.
Names can also be confused – for example, the name Tate sounds very much like Kate.
To get around that, the phonetic alphabet was developed where letters are spelled out as words, hence, A for Alpha, B for Bravo.
What Letters in the English Language Are Easily Confused?
A number of letters in the English language sound similar and are easily confused:
- B, C, D, E, G, P, T and V
- M and N
- F, S and X
- Y and I
- G and J (particularly when pronounced by a non-native speaker)
The NATO Phonetic Alphabet
The Standard Phonetic Alphabet used in the UK is the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
Printable NATO Phonetic Alphabet
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