Atanu Dey On India's Development

Use the Phonetic Alphabet

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Every once in a while I get frustrated trying to figure out whether someone said “t” or “d” or “p” while spelling out a word. So as a public service, I urge people to learn the phonetic alphabet. It makes life easier — and on top of that it is very very cool to spell words quickly. My name for instance is spelled as “alpha tango alpha november uniform.”

Letter Word Pronunciation
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 tell
I INDIA IN dee AH
J JULIETT JEW lee ETT
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 KWEE beck
R ROMEO ROW me OH
S SIERRA SEE air RAH
T TANGO TANG go
U UNIFORM YOU nee FORM
V VICTOR VIK tah
W WHISKEY WISS kee
X X-RAY ECKS ray
Y YANKEY YANG kee
Z ZULU ZOO loo

  • San

    Indians living outside India are adept at this because most people are not accustomed to desi names. Even the most common ones. Of course barring Sonia, Nikita, Jay etc! Necessity is the mother of…adoption!