Nato Phonetic Alphabet

Hi everyone. I hope you are all well. So today I learnt something new. I was giving one of my flat mates my email address and here goes

A  for  Alfa  for Nicole  L  for  Lu…..

Lu: Michelle where did you get that from?

Michelle: don’t you make up words for letters and isn’t Alfa one of the most common A- word used?

Lu: hahahahahahahahaha oh NO. The Nato Phonetic alphabet has a set of standard words.

So for anyone out there that has never heard of the Nato Phonetic Alphabet and thought most Customer Care Service Agents make up words for letters on the telephone here is a little background information.

This official alphabet system was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in the 1950s in order to account for discrepancies that might arise in communications as a result of multiple alphabet naming systems coexisting in different places and organisations.

The NATO Phonetic Alphabet

A – Alfa / Alpha

B – Bravo

C – Charlie

D – Delta

E – Echo

F – Foxtrot

G – Golf

H – Hotel

I – India

J – Juliett

K – Kilo

L – Lima

M – Mike

N – November

O – Oscar

P – Papa

Q – Quebec

R – Romeo

S – Sierra

T – Tango

U – Uniform

V – Victor

W – Whiskey

X – X-ray

Y – Yankee

Z – Zulu

I hope you find this a useful lifetime skill, whether giving a car registration number, spelling out a name or an alternative to counting sheep 🐑🐑 when you can’t sleep (thanks mum haha).

Grosses bises,


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