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Unit 1: Email addresses

Email addresses are essential in business – do you know how to say them correctly?

Email addresses

Every email address contains this sign: . Here are some email addresses:

bob@yahoo.bh
jeffery.amherst@britishcouncil.org
reservations@beachhotelbern.com

As you can see, Bob uses his first name only in his email address: bob@yahoo.bh. Jeffery Amherst uses his first name and surname in his email address: jeffery.amherst@britishcouncil.org. The address reservations@beachhotelbern.com gives the name of the department (Reservations), but not the name of the person.

Saying email addresses

When you say an email address:

  • remember that @ is pronounced ‘at’ and . is pronounced 'dot'. reservations@beachhotelbern.com is ‘reservations at beach hotel bern dot com’
  • sometimes there is a . in the person's name. jeffery.amherst@britishcouncil.org is ‘jeffery dot amherst at british council dot org’
  • _ in an email address is called ‘underscore’. teaching_ job@english_academy.id is ‘teaching underscore job at English underscore academy dot I D’.

Note that it is not necessary to use capital J and A in Jeffery Amherst's email address. People sometimes write email addresses with capital initial letters (Jeffery.Amherst@britishcouncil.org). Sometimes it is all in capitals (JEFFERY.AMHERST@BRITISHCOUNCIL.ORG). However, most people write email addresses without capital letters (jeffery.amherst@britishcouncil.org).

Address books

Email addresses appear in alphabetical order (A–Z). When names start with the same letter, look at the second letter. Here, all the names begin with F, but the second letters are: e i r u. These are in alphabetical order.

Name Email address
Fellah fellah@bqbaccounting.com
Fida fhussein@arabianairways.org
Fred Aston fred99@astoncity.biz
Fudail H fudailh@aglant.net

 

Domain names

Email addresses often include the name of the country that the address is from. This is the final two letters of the address. Here are some examples:

.af Afghanistan
.id Indonesia
.ma Morocco
.se Sweden
.uy Uruguay
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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

It's really fantastic.

Hellow all, I hope you are doing well..
This is an amazing topic to discuss with, but i've problem with writing the formal e-mail, so who could hep me in this issue.

Best regards

Hello Ahmed Shallal

Have you looked through our Reading and Writing skills sections? I believe that in all of the levels for each skill, you will find at least one example of an email. Some of them are informal, and some are formal.

Good luck!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

this is very useful lesson for me... i enjoy but i have some problem the last task bxz i dont how to match the email adress with the countries name in the chart.

Hello zabiullah

Sorry about that! Just so you know, after you check your answers, you can press the 'See Answers' button to see the results. This is true of any exercise on our site.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

I am back after long time, the corona
season, i have got a chance to sit at home and improve my english, this chance I am trying to use improve my english language, however come the point which we have to learn about email, email is essential of daiky routine life, it is we are using to contact the people individually and commercially. Usually we are introducing our company profile, sole items, meeting arrangements, delivery and gate passes even the security areas.
Personally we are using for bank electrcity and water issues, now stay at home season usually we are depending e-mails conversation

I expected to be corrected by our respected teachers, if any mistake done in my above sentence.

Hello shamsukprm

I'm afraid we're not able to correct our users' texts. If you have a question about a specific phrase or short sentence, we can help you with that, though we ask that you explain to us what specific part of it you are unsure about.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

l am happy that I go back to school in English class to improve how to write and read. Sometime I have bad memory and grammar so please if someone can help me. Thank you.

hello happy, i am from afghanistan and i am ready to help you...

hi everyone
thank you, nice topic, it is useful

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