There are 26 letters in the English alphabet              There are 30 letters in German

Here are the extra 4 letters:  β, ä, ö, ü

β as in Viel Spaβ (that means ‘have fun!’)

Umlauts:              ä              (das Bad, but spät)

                             ö             (schon or schön)

                            ü             (der Fuβ or die Füβe)

Common abbreviations to help you practise your German spelling:

ABC, SPD, FDP, CDU, ADAC, GmbH, BMW, VW, JH, FKK, LKW

Follow this link to the BBC German website to see Henning Wehn teaching the alphabet through song:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/comedy/alphabet.shtml : Henning Wehn introduces the alphabet

Here’s how to ask someone how to spell something, such as their name:

 Wie schreibt man das, bitte?

Now practise spelling your name in German!

Don’t forget: you can use your German numbers and letters to give someone your car registration number, too.

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