November Alpha Tango Oscar

Not being a native English speaker, sometimes it is hard to tell people your name specially over the phone. I ran into this problem few times now and it becomes a mess trying to connect every letter with a known English word.

I watched many episodes of National Geographic’s program about plane accidents. I heard how the pilots consistently use specific words to describe the letters of the flight.

I decided to find out what they use and it came to be the “NATO Phonetic Alphabet”. It is a phonetic alphabet where every letter is represented using a word.

So I decided to memorize my NATO Phonetic Name. Here it is:


  • Mike
  • Oscar
  • Sierra
  • Tango
  • Alpha
  • Foxtrot
  • Alpha


  • November
  • Alpha
  • Golf
  • Uniform
  • India
  • Bravo

This is more handy. You can find the whole alphabet here.