The alphabet is a set of written symbols called letters. The word "alphabet" comes from two Latin words "alpha" and "beta." Alpha and beta are the first two letters of the Greek alphabet. We sometimes call the alphabet our ABCs.

  • Alphabet Facts
  • Alphabet Fun to Know
  • Braille Alphabet
  • American Sign Language

How Many Letters: 26
How Many Vowels: 5 (A, E, I, O, U)
and sometimes Y
How Many Consonants: 21 (B, C, D, F, G, H,
J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T V, W, X, Y, Z)

Letters that Are Names: Bea, Dee, Jay, Kay, Em
Letters that Are Words: C (sea), B (bee), I (eye),
P (pea), R (are), T (tea), U (you), Y (why)
Silent E: Keeps quiet but makes the other vowel
say its name (cake, bike, note)
Silent B: Just hangs around doing nothing at the
end of words: (thumb, climb, bomb)

Louis Braille invented a new type of alphabet when he was only 15 years old. Each letter of the alphabet is made up of one or more raised dots. Blind people can read by feeling the dots with their fingers.

American Sign Language is a way to communicate with people who cannot hear or cannot speak. Deaf people can read or speak through sign language. Sometimes parents use sign language to communicate with their baby. Babies can understand and use signs before learning to talk.