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definition of alphabet

The organized set of letters that make up a language is popularly known as the alphabet. It is made up of 26 main letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, UV, W , X, Y and Z.

Meanwhile, in some languages, such as ours, other letters of everyday use are incorporated, such is the case of Ñ, and some such as Ch and Ll have also been removed.

Basic tool to teach reading and writing

This element is so popular in the world as a consequence that it is per se the most used tool by teachers or parents to teach letters to children. That is, the alphabet, knowing and learning it, is vital to be able to read and write satisfactorily.

The words of the alphabet constitute the basic and necessary unit that allows us to build a word and from the combination of several to generate a sentence that will have a given meaning.

In addition, each letter of the alphabet is a symbol that is associated with a particular sound that could even be modified in combination with other letters. And the combination of the letters of the alphabet gives rise to the variety of words that flood each language and that make it up.

Each letter that makes up the alphabet has an essential shape, a line and a stroke that make it unique, that allow us to recognize it and also not to confuse it with the rest.

The Latin or Roman alphabet is the one we use in our language and in others such as English, German, Portuguese, French and Italian, among others.

On the other hand, we must mention the importance of other alphabets such as the Braille alphabet, a writing and reading system specially designed for the blind. It consists of raised points that the blind person recognizes through touch and can then decode the message.

And the Morse alphabet that is used in telegraphy and that is made up of dots and lines.

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