Alphabetical Order

    Most of us can say our alphabet but can we use it effectively
    when we want to refer to a list that's in alphabetical order?
    Supposing you have to put the following names into alphabetical order:

    You'll realise fairly quickly that the order depends on
    the third letter in each name. Does JASARAVIC come
    before JAQUES or after it? People who are slow using
    dictionaries, indexes and telephone directories, usually
    struggle because they have to go right back to the start
    of the alphabet to recite it.

    The way to remember the alphabet is to split it into
    little bits using rhyme - like a song or a poem:
          a  b  c
          d  e      f  g    (say "dee/ee   eff/gee" - in two pairs)
          h  i       j  k        l   m
          n  o      p  q
          r  s      t   u
          v  w     x  y  z
    Notice that lines 1 and 2 rhyme, 4 and 5 rhyme.

    1.  Practise saying the alphabet aloud. Listen for the
    beat, the rhythm, just like a poem or a song:
    "en/oh   pee/queue"  etc.

    2.  Now practise "mouthing" the sounds - as if you're
    whispering to yourself. (In the UK we use "practise" for the verb and "practice" for the noun. In the USA write "practice" for both noun and verb.)
    If you recite the alphabet in this way you'll find it
    easier to break into it at a suitable point - without
    having to go back to the beginning each time.

    3. Now go to dict2 for some practice using the alphabet.

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    3. Now go to dict2 for some practice using the alphabet.

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