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The Alphabet song is a popular method for speakers to learn the alphabet of a given language. It was first copyrighted by C. Bradlee of Boston, Mass. on February 4, 1834 and titled "The Schoolmaster". The alphabet song in English (and in other countries as well) is sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.


A, b, c, d,
e, f, g,
h, i, j, k,
l, m, n, o, p,
q, r, s,
t, u, v,
w, x,
y and z
Now I've said my A, B, C's
tell me what you think of me.
A variant changes the last two lines to:
Now I know my A, B, C's
Won't you come and play with me.
Next time won't you sing with me.

There is a version of Alphabet song using a different melody taught by some pre-schools that use the phonics? method.

What does the A say?  Ay and Ah (the vowels are sounded completely)
What does the B say?  B* B* B* (only the leading sound of consonants are sung in the response part)
What does the C say?  K* K* K* 
What does the D say?  D* D* D*
What does the E say?  Ee and Eh
... (continue for each letter with several slightly different melodies) ...
What does the X say?  Ks Ks Ks
What does the Y say?  Y* Y* Y*
What does the Z say?  Zzz Zzz Zzz

What do you call these phones and sounds?
English alphabet letters.

This song teaches youngsters that each letter has a name and the sounds that it makes. Just like the dog says woof; the cat says meow; the "I" says eye and Eee.

See also The [Elements Song]?, by Tom Lehrer. and Haddock's Eyes


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