Phonetic Alphabet Tables
The NATO phonetic alphabet, more formally the international radio telephony spelling alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet.
It assigns code words to the letters of the English alphabet acrophonically (Alfa for A, Bravo for B, etc.) so that critical combinations of letters (and numbers) can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language.
The paramount reason is to ensure intelligibility of voice signals over radio links.
NATO Phonetic Alphabet
Western Union Phonetic Alphabet
An alternate version, Western Union’s phonetic alphabet, is presented in case the NATO version sounds too militaristic to you. I was inspired to recreate this page and post it online when I overheard a co-worker say “L, as in Log” over the phone.
Check out a new service that will covert text to the phonetic alphabet for you: phoneticise.com.