Names of the letters of the Latin alphabet in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Polish, and Czech

by Jakub Marian
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I learn and speak several languages, but I tend to be quite unsure about the proper pronunciation of the names of the letters of the standard 26-letter Latin/English alphabet (which is what one needs to be able to read mathematical expressions in any language correctly).

For this reason, I have compiled a list of letter names in several languages. The names are written in IPA. Sometimes, I could not find any reliable source and had to rely on YouTube tutorials or my own guess based solely on orthography; this is especially true for Russian, so I would be grateful for any suggestions for possible corrections.

EnglishSpanishFrenchGermanRussianPolishCzech
Aɑaa
Bbiːbe̞bebeːbɛː
Csiːθe̞setseːtsɛtsɛtsɛː
Ddiːde̞dedeːdɛː
Eəɛɛɛː
Fɛfe̞fe̞ɛfɛfɛfɛfɛf
Gdʒiːxe̞ʒegeːgjegɛː
Heɪtʃˈatʃe̞ɦaːxaɦaː
Iiiɪi
Jdʒeɪˈxo̞taʒijɔtjotjɔtjɛː
Kkeɪkakaːkakakaː
Lɛle̞le̞ɛlɛlɛlɛlɛl
Mɛme̞me̞ɛmɛmɛmɛmɛm
Nɛne̞ne̞ɛnɛnɛnɛnɛn
Ooɔ
Ppiːpe̞pepeːpɛː
Qkjuːkukykuːkukukvɛː
Rɑː / ɑre̞re̞ɛʁɛʁɛrɛrɛr
Sɛse̞se̞ɛsɛsɛsɛsɛs
Ttiːte̞teteːtɛː
Ujuːuyuu
Vviːˈube̞ / uˈbe̞ / be̞vefaʊfaʊvɛː
Wˈdʌbəljuːˈube̞ˌdo̞ble̞/
ˌdo̞ble̞ˈube̞/
ˌdo̞ble̞ˈbe̞ː
dubləveveːdubljvudvojɪtɛːvɛː
Xɛksˈe̞kisiksɪksɪksɪksɪks
Ywaɪɟʝe / iˈgrje̞gaiɡʁɛk‘ʏpsilɔnɪgrɛkɪgrɛkɪpsɪlon
Zzɛd / ziːˈθe̞tazɛdtsɛtzjedzɛtzɛt

By the way, are you not a native English speaker? Then you should check out the list of over 500 commonly mispronounced words I have compiled in the form of a book. There's also a downloadable PDF version.

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