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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

Spelling words on the phone PDF
Monday, 26 September 2011 00:00
 

In English we use the phonetic or NATO alphabet to spell words on the telephone, eg Paul is papa – alpha – uniform – lima.

In Spanish that won’t really work.

 

To spell out a word on the phone in Spanish you should use the following:

•    A – Antonio
•    B – Barcelona
•    C – Carmen
•    Ch – chocolate
•    D – Dolores, Daniel
•    E – Enrique, España
•    F – Francia
•    G – Gerona
•    H – historia
•    I – Inés
•    J – José
•    K – kilo
•    L – Lorenzo
•    Ll – llama
•    M – Madrid
•    N – Navarra, Navidad
•    Ñ – ñoño
•    O – Oviedo
•    P – París
•    Q – querido
•    R – Ramón
•    S – sábado
•    T – Tarragona, Teruel
•    U – Ulises
•    V – Valencia
•    W – Washington
•    X – Xiquena
•    Y – Yagüe, yegua
•    Z – Zaragoza

So, when speaking Spanish, Paul is spelt out like this: Pe de París – A de Antonio – U de Ulises – Ele de Lorenzo.

I keep a copy of these by the phone so that I can spell any words that are strange to Spanish ears – like Whitelock!

© Paul Whitelock

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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