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.