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Phonetic Alphabet

Postby gretch » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:32 pm

Does anyone know if Spain has a phonetic alphabet, not the sounds of the letters, but words that represent the letters, as in the English,
A = Alpha, B = Brovo, C = Charlie etc.
I always found it difficult when I had to spell my address over the phone in Britain, but with a strange foreign accent, it’s even worse :shock:



Postby mickhick » Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:53 pm

Looks as though you'll have to make up your own Gretch!
How about - "A" for Andalucia ??

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Postby Shukran » Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:26 pm

A Antonio
B Barcelona
C Carmen
CH Chocolate
D Dolores
E Enrique
F Francia
G Gerona
H Historia
I Inés
J José
K Kilo
L Lorenzo
Ll Llobregat
M Madrid
N Navarra
Ñ Ñoño
O Oviedo
P París
Q Querido
R Ramón
S Sábado
T Tarragona
U Ulises
V Valencia
W Washington
X Xiquena
Y Yegua
Z Zaragoza
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Postby Beachcomber » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:03 pm

There are a number of variations in every country's phonetic alphabet including Spain. Quite a comprehensive list can be found here:

The various Spanish police services all use the NATO version for their radio communications

nevada smith

Postby nevada smith » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:25 pm

shukran's list is correct -
here's a one-page, multiple alphabet print-out to keep by the phone:

nevada smith

Postby nevada smith » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:34 pm

then, should you need to pronounce the letters in spanish... ... habet.html

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Postby gretch » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:49 pm

Excellent, thanks guys :D


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Postby soegaard » Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:06 am

The names of the letters in the phonetic alphabet are chosen very carefully to make it international. The words chosen sounds the same (more or less) in most languages.


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Postby katy » Fri Feb 09, 2007 11:30 am

Nevada, thanks, really useful, I didn't know the English ones.

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Postby Alan-LaCala » Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:32 am

I heard a work colleague once say to someone on the phone that it was "K for knife",

Think about it!

Remember that everything that Fred Astaire did, Ginger Rogers did too; except she did it backwards and wearing high heels!

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