Monday, June 23, 2008

How to learn "Alpha, Bravo, Charlie..."

I was worried it would take a while to learn the phoentic alphabet that aviators use.

This morning I looked it over a few times, and then on my way to work I spelled out loud every billboard, sign, and license plate I saw. It was a fun little game. By the end of the 30 minute commute, I could translate things almost as fast as just saying the regular letters.

And I got really good at saying November Echo X-Ray Tango Echo X-ray India Tango.

By the way, it turns out aviators say "niner" to avoid confusing "nine" with the German word for "no." Who knew!

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