Ever had a problem saying an e-mail address?
You may have a very good level of English, but have you ever had a problem saying an e-mail address? Even some of my advanced students make basic mistakes with e-mail addresses. But don’t worry, by the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to say e-mail addresses perfectly!
Ready? OK, let’s go!
*e-mail – we use the hyphen, but you can write it without too: e-mail / email
This symbol @ is “at”. For example:
This symbol (.) is a dot. For example:
3 All together!
Notice how we say the company names as mostly complete words. For example:
We often tell people about this:
“That’s ‘bluenet’ – all one word – dot com.”
4 Upper & lower case
It’s also important to let people know about capital letters. We could indicate that it’s “lowercase” or “upper case”. We often tell people this by saying something like:
“That’s nate33 – all lower case – at bluenet dot com.”
“That’s NATE33 – all upper case – at bluenet dot com.”
If the dot is followed by an organisation such as “org” or “net”, we often say them as a word. For example:
However, if it’s a country code, we usually pronounce each letter of the country code separately.
the USA email@example.com
the UK firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Dash / underscore
We say dash* for this symbol: ( – )
And underscore for this symbol: (_)
*dash – some people also use the term “hyphen” too.
Here are some useful expressions to use with e-mails.
• What’s your e-mail address?
• Could I get your e-mail address, please?
• What’s your company e-mail address, please?
• Is that all lowercase?
• Is that all one word?
• I’ll send the e-mail as soon as I get into the office.
• Did you get the e-mail I sent you last week?
• I’m sorry but I haven’t had time to reply to the e-mail yet.
• Could you forward me that e-mail, please?
• Could you forward the e-mail to everyone on the list, please?
A: Could you spell that out for me, please?
B: Yes, that’s P for parrot, E for egg and T for time – PET.
REMEMBER to watch the video as it’s got a useful exercise and a conversation with people exchanging email addresses!