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German-speakers are used to their own Funkalphabet or Buchstabiertafel for spelling on the phone or in radio communications. Germans use their own spelling code for foreign words, names, or other unusual spelling needs. English-speaking expats or business people in German-speaking countries often run into the problem of spelling their non-German name or other words on the phone.
The first official German spelling code was introduced in Prussia in - for the newly invented telephone and the Berlin telephone book. Over the years some of the words used for the German phonetic spelling code have changed. Even today the words used can vary from country to country in the German-speaking region. But most of the time the words used for spelling German are the same. See the full chart below. If you also need help in learning how to pronounce the German letters of the alphabet A, B, C 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. Notes: 1. Germany and some other NATO countries add codes for their unique letters of the alphabet.
See below. It is also the name of a 20mm cannon first developed during WWI. The official German code word is the name "Zacharias," but it is rarely used. These country variations may be optional. As mentioned before, the Germans were among the first in to develop a spelling aid.
In the U. Similar codes were developed by American police departments, most of them similar to Western Union some still in use today. With the advent of aviation, pilots and air controllers needed to a code for clarity in communication. The version Amsterdam, Baltimore, Casablanca The armed forces and international civil aviation used Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog But some of those letter codes presented problems for non-English speakers.