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The German Phonetic Spelling Code

Deutsches Funkalphabet - deutsche Buchstabiertafel

“A wie Anton” - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie... with Audio

Part 1: Introduction > Funkalphabet Chart

This phonetic spelling guide shows the German equivalent of the English/international (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie...) phonetic spelling used to avoid confusion when spelling words on the phone or in radio communication. It can be helpful when you need to spell your non-German name on the phone or in other situations where spelling confusion may arise.

PRACTICE: Use the chart below to spell your name (first and last names) in German, using the German alphabet and the German spelling code (Buchstabiertafel). Remember that the German formula is “A wie Anton.”

German Alphabet with audio - if you need help with pronouncing the letters of the German alphabet.

Das Funkalphabet - German Phonetic Spelling Code
compared to the international ICAO/NATO code
Listen to AUDIO for this chart! (below)
Germany* Phonetic Guide ICAO/NATO**
A wie Anton AHN-tone Alfa/Alpha
Ä wie Ärger AIR-gehr (1)
B wie Berta BARE-tuh Bravo
C wie Cäsar SAY-zar Charlie
Ch wie Charlotte shar-LOT-tuh (1)
D wie Dora DORE-uh Delta
E wie Emil ay-MEAL Echo
F wie Friedrich FREED-reech Foxtrot
G wie Gustav GOOS-tahf Golf
H wie Heinrich HINE-reech Hotel
I wie Ida EED-uh India/Indigo
J wie Julius YUL-ee-oos Juliet
K wie Kaufmann KOWF-mann Kilo
L wie Ludwig LOOD-vig Lima
AUDIO 1 > Listen to mp3 for A-L
M wie Martha MAR-tuh Mike
N wie Nordpol NORT-pole November
O wie Otto AHT-toe Oscar
Ö wie Ökonom (2) UEH-ko-nome (1)
P wie Paula POW-luh Papa
Q wie Quelle KVEL-uh Quebec
R wie Richard REE-shart Romeo
S wie Siegfried (3) SEEG-freed Sierra
Sch wie Schule SHOO-luh (1)
ß (Eszett) ES-TSET (1)
T wie Theodor TAY-oh-dore Tango
U wie Ulrich OOL-reech Uniform
Ü wie Übermut UEH-ber-moot (1)
V wie Viktor VICK-tor Victor
W wie Wilhelm VIL-helm Whiskey
X wie Xanthippe KSAN-tipp-uh X-Ray
Y wie Ypsilon IPP-see-lohn Yankee
Z wie Zeppelin TSEP-puh-leen Zulu
AUDIO 1 > Listen to mp3 for A-L
AUDIO 2 > Listen to mp3 for M-Z
For a full explanation of German phonetic spelling code and its history, see Part 1.

Notes:
1. Germany and some other NATO countries add codes for their unique letters of the alphabet.
2. In Austria the German word for that country (Österreich) replaces the official "Ökonom." See more variations in the chart below.
3. "Siegfried" is widely used instead of the more official "Samuel."

*Austria and Switzerland have some variations of the German code. See below.
**The IACO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) spelling code is used internationally (in English) by pilots, radio operators, and others who need to clearly communicate information.

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German Phonetic Spelling Code
Country Variations (German)
Germany Austria Switzerland
D wie Dora D wie Dora D wie Daniel
K wie Kaufmann K wie Konrad K wie Kaiser
Ö wie Ökonom Ö wie Österreich Ö wie Örlikon (1)
P wie Paula P wie Paula P wie Peter
Ü wie Übermut Ü wie Übel Ü wie Übermut
X wie Xanthippe X wie Xaver X wie Xaver
Z wie Zeppelin (2) Z wie Zürich Z wie Zürich
Notes:
1. Örlikon (Oerlikon) is a quarter in the northern part of Zurich. It is also the name of a 20mm cannon first developed during WWI.
2. The official German code word is the name "Zacharias," but it is rarely used.
These country variations may be optional.

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