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:


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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Submitted by Mashzulla on Wed, 24/10/2018 - 20:25

I didn't know about "underscore". Thanks a lot!
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why can't we keep the answer?

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The site is not set up to record answers, I'm afraid. It was not a feature that was built in initially and, I think, with the number of users we have it would be quite a lot of data for us to store.



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Submitted by zfazel on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 11:46

Hi, saying underscore was new for me. Thank you so much.

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Thank you for this lesson so much. Finnaly, i know @ is pronounced like 'at' It was helpfully lesson for me.
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Submitted by MeGhr on Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:31

Thanks for the unit.I learned about underscore and at without appearing in awkward situations.I can't forget how I learned about .(dot). I was speaking to a proffessor who came to our school from US to have a lecture.I was going to ask him to send his articles to my e-mail.I carefully planned all my request and wrote it on a piece of paper.In some way I didn't think about the actual email address.Everything was ok until I reached the dot(.).I didn't know how that sign is named in English.It was so embarrassing for me then.I turned red and since I didn't know what to do I decided just to skip it. :D Of course he got my address wrong and I didn't get the articles I wanted but at least I learned the word ''dot''.