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Phonetic Alphabet Lists

Phonetic Alphabet & Morse Code Tables

Welcome (Whiskey Echo Lima Charlie Oscar Mike Echo) to ADDucation’s phonetic alphabet and Morse code reference charts. The NATO phonetic alphabet* is the most commonly used but we have included other British and American phonetic alphabets. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) phonetic alphabet is still used, with some variations, by the LAPD and other US agencies despite the introduction of the NATO alphabet.

Most of us have heard, or use, some of these words to spell out words over the telephone. They’re all designed to make words and numbers understandable in voice communications. We’ve also included the Morse code alphabet which is made up of dots and dashes (pronounced “dit” and “dah“. Use the Morse code table to Learn to spell your name on Morse code Day.

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Letter NATO Alphabet Pronunciation Morse Code LAPD RAF* (WWII*) Old UK*
A Alpha AL fah • – Adam Apple Abel
B Bravo BRAH voh – • • • Boy Beer Baker
C Charlie CHAR lee – • – • Charles Charlie Charlie
D Delta DELL tah – • • David Dog Dog
E Echo ECK oh Edward Edward Echo
F Foxtrot FOKS trot • • – • Frank Freddy Fox
G Golf GOLF – – • George George George
H Hotel HOH tell • • • • Henry Harry How
I India / Indigo IN dee ah • • Ida In/Indigo) Item
J Juliet JEW lee ett • – – – John Johnny/Jug) Jig
K Kilo KEY loh – • – King King King
L Lima LEE mah • – • • Lincoln Love Love
M Mike MIKE – – Mary Mother Mike
N November No VEM ber – • Nora Nuts Nan
O Oscar OSS cah – – – Ocean Orange Oboe
P Papa pah PAH • – – • Paul Peter Peter
Q Quebec Keh BECK – – • – Queen Queen Queen
R Romeo ROW me oh • – • Robert Roger/Robert Roger
S Sierra see AIR rah • • • Sam Sugar Sugar
T Tango TANG go Tom Tommy Tare
U Uniform YOU nee form • • – Union Uncle Uncle
V Victor VIK tah • • • – Victor Vic/Victor Victor
W Whiskey WISS kee • – – William William William
X X-Ray ECKS ray – • • – X-ray X-Ray X-Ray
Y Yankee YANG kee – • – – Young Yorker Yoke
Z Zulu ZOO loo – – • • Zebra Zebra Zebra

* The NATO phonetic alphabet is formally referred to as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet (includes a spelling alphabet which helps people from different language backgrounds to understand and pronounce specific letters, for example the L in London is how the letter L sounds) and also known as the phonetic spelling alphabet, ICAO radiotelephonic and the ITU radiotelephonic or phonetic alphabet. Old UK refers to pre-NATO Britain. RAF refers to the British Royal Air Force and WWII refers to World War 2.

Number NATO Numbers Pronunciation Morse LAPD IMO* Word Pronunciation
0 Zero Zee-row – – – – – Nadazero Nah Dah Zee Row
1 One Wun • – – – – One Unaone Oo Nah Wun
2 Two Too • • – – – Two Bissotwo Bees Soh Too
3 Three Tree • • • – – Three Terrathree Tay Rah Tree
4 Four Fow-err • • • • – Four Kartefour Kar Tay Fow Er
5 Five Fife • • • • • Five Pantafive Pan Tah Fife
6 Six Six – • • • • Six Soxisix Sok See Six
7 Seven Sev-en – – • • • Seven Setteseven Say Tay Sev En
8 Eight Ait – – – • • Eight Oktoeight Ok Toh Ait
9 Niner Nine-er – – – – • Niner Noveniner No Vay Nine Er

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* International Maritime Organization

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