Pictured above is the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet also know as the NATO phonetic alphabet.
This alphabet that have nothing to do with the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) despise it’s name is used, as it names said, for radio communication. This is very necessary as in radio communication in aviation, navigation etc, interference can occur so in case of interruption during spelling a complete word is more likely to be identified than a single letter.
Originally the English radio alphabet, during WWII the lack of cohesion of these alphabet became evident. This alphabet replaced the national alphabets in many nations when it was adopted by NATO, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization. Originally adapted for English Spanish and French it was later adapted to suit a more international public. German, Danish, Sweden and Czech have adaptation for it’s own letters.
For numbers two versions exist, :
The ICAO and FAA use the standard number words of English (zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine) with four altered pronunciations (tree, fower, fife, niner), whereas the ITU and IMO use ten code words for numbers (nadazero, unaone, bissotwo, terrathree, kartefour, pantafive, soxisix, setteseven, octoeight, novenine). via wiki
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