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How to say your email correctly in English + more

How to say your email correctly in English + more

Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid. In the next few minutes you will find out
if you are giving your email address properly in English, because in English we have certain
terminology that we use when we describe an email address. All right? So, in this lesson you’ll find out if you’re
doing that properly. Now, unfortunately, lots and lots of people
around the world are not doing this properly because they’re following the conventions
in their country. Okay? And sometimes they’re borrowing words from
other languages, and so on, to give that. So, after this lesson, you will know exactly
how to give your email address, how to ask somebody for their email address, and also
some of the terminology that we use when we’re talking about email. All right? So, let’s get started. So, first of all, this word “email” is a new
word. Right? So there’s still a bit of disagreement around
the world, even in the English-speaking world, about exactly how to use some of the detailed
aspects of it. For example: Do we write “email” just like
that? “Email” or do we write “e-mail”? Okay? There are all kinds of little arguments about
how to do that, but let me tell you in general some of the things that most people are following
so you will always be correct. So, first of all, email is used… The word “email” is used as a noun, a verb,
and an adjective in English, generally speaking. Okay? Maybe some companies have a different policy,
but I’m going to tell you generally what most people are doing today and how it’s being
used. So, for example, as a noun, we could say:
“I sent you an email.” All right? That’s a noun. Or as a verb: “I’ll email you.” Now, some more formal companies frown upon
that; they don’t like using “email” as a verb. But again, most people when they’re just speaking
are using it that way. Next, as an adjective: “He has two email addresses.” All right? So, here, “email” is being used as an adjective,
so it can be used all three ways. All right? Next, we can use… Another controversial subject. We can use “email” in a singular format or
plural. All right? And there are a lot of arguments about how
exactly we can do that; but again, I’m going to tell you what most people are doing today. “This email is from Fred.” Okay? One email. Now, some people say that we shouldn’t say
that and you should say: “This email message is from Fred.” So, again, check if your company has any special
rules regarding email communication and email terminology. Okay? They might, and in that case, of course, follow
that so that you keep your job. All right? But otherwise, in general, follow what I am
telling you and you will be fine. Next, plural: “These emails just arrived.” Okay? So, again, this idea of putting the “s” is
also something that people are arguing about, but most of the time people are saying “emails”
when they’re talking about more than one email message. Okay? All right. Now, something else that you need to be able
to do… excuse me one second. All right. Is when you give your email address to someone,
you need to be able to know how to spell your name and your email address, especially if
you have an unusual name to someone who is a native-English speaker. All right? So, you have to be able to spell it in a very
clear way. Let’s suppose you’re on a phone line and the
phone line is really bad; people can’t hear you very well. And even if they can hear you, they just don’t
recognize that name-okay?-or that word that you’re saying, so you need to reference it
in some way so that people don’t make mistakes. Now, there is one way that you can use and
you can learn, if you wish, it’s called the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. Okay? That is a system that is in place-it’s used
all over the world by many organizations-and it’s a system that gives a code. All right? So, for example: A is Alpha, B – Bravo, C
– Charlie, D – Delta. Okay? So, sometimes… Also airlines use this and so on, armies use
this, aviation… In the aviation world they use this system
so that way… They have to be very precise, right? So they can be very sure that they’re not
just saying “B” because maybe when you said “B”, I heard “P”. No. That can’t happen if you’re actually giving
a word for each letter. Right? And that’s what the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
does – it gives a word instead of the letter to explain it very clearly. So, for example, if I want to spell “cab”
using the NATO alphabet, I would say: “Charlie Alpha Bravo”. Okay? Or you can say: “C for Charlie, A for Alpha,
B for Bravo”. Okay? Now, if you don’t feel like learning that
system, which you don’t have to, unless you have a certain kind of job or something like
that, just come up with a simple system for your name of how to spell your name. You could just say to somebody: “A for apple,
b for boy, c for cat, d for dog”. Okay? You come up with your own system, but come
up with a system to spell your name. All right? Okay. Now, how do we ask people for their email? How do we give them our email? Usually it’s pretty simple. If it’s in a casual conversation you could
just say: “What’s your email address?” Okay? Or: “What’s your email?” Sometimes they don’t even say “address”. When we say: “email”, they understand it means
email address. Okay? Or more formally: “Could you please give me
your email?” or “Could you please give me your email address?” Okay? And the way you answer is what we’re going
to learn now, but you start that sentence by saying: “My email is”, whatever you’re
going to tell them, or: “My email address is”, whatever I’m going to teach you next,
which is so critical. Keep watching. All right. Now let’s learn how to say your email address
in English. Okay? Now, of course, when you’re speaking your
language, you’re going to have your own vocabulary and terminology that is understood, and used,
and accepted in your country or in your language. But when you’re speaking English, we have
certain terminology for the symbols that we use in an email address, so let’s look at
what they are. All right. So, these are the most common symbols that
you need to be able to say and learn in English. This symbol here (@), you should say: “at”. Just “at”. Okay? So, this symbol is “at”. Repeat it after me: “at”, like the word “hat”. When you’re saying it, open your mouth a little
bit wide so it doesn’t sound like “it”, but “at”. This is not called in English “at the rate
of”, it’s not called “strudel”, it’s not called “monkey’s tail”, or anything else, which might
be used in other countries, but is really not the proper convention or standard in English. All right? So when you see this, say: “at”. When you see this (.), which is also a part
of an email address, in this case we just say: “dot”. Okay? Normally, of course, in other situations you
could use the word “period”, you could use the word “full stop”, or you could say “point”
when we’re talking about numbers, but now we’re talking about email addresses, so we’re
just going to say: “dot”. All right? So, first, let’s just practice using these
two symbols when we say an email address. So: “johndoe at gmail dot com”. Say it after me: “[email protected]”. Who’s John Doe? Okay. John Doe is just a generic name that we give
for any man. All right? And that’s just used; it’s used in hospitals,
it’s used by police, or: “We’re looking for a John Doe. We don’t know who that person is.” It’s a generic name for a man. Similarly, a generic name for a woman is Jane
Doe. All right? So, let’s now practice saying this email address. This would be jane dot doe at Again: [email protected] Good. Now, sometimes people put other symbols into
their email address. If you’ve already done it, then let’s learn
how to say it. If you haven’t done it, then try to avoid
that because it just makes it a little bit more complicated. But if you have these symbols, this is what
you need to say. Sometimes there is a line at the bottom, okay? And that is actually called something; it’s
called “underscore”. All right? “Underscore”. When people don’t know what that line at the
bottom is called, they say: “You know, that line at the bottom.” Okay? But that line at the bottom is called “underscore”. And sometimes they have a little hyphen. When they don’t know what that’s called, they
say: “You know, that little dash in the middle.” Okay? So, the proper word for that in English and
in an email address is “hyphen”. Repeat it after me: “hyphen”. This one: “underscore”. Good. This one: “dot”; this one: “at”. Good. Now let’s practice saying some more email
addresses. Okay? John underscore doe at hotmail dot com. Good. Let’s say this one: jane hyphen doe at gmail
dot com. Good. Now you’re getting it. All right. Now, sometimes instead of “dot com”, you see
other endings. Okay? Other domain endings. For example: “dot net” for network, “dot org”
for organization, “dot biz” for business, and “dot edu” for education. There are also many others. All right? So let’s practice saying something like that. Courses at abcschool dot… What do you think it would be most likely
for a school? It could be “dot com”. It could also be, what? Okay? It could be “dot edu”. All right? Very good. And here: doug at fancyhotel dot… Again, could be “dot com” or “dot biz”. Okay? All right. Now, sometimes in addition, you see country
endings. Okay? For example: “dot ca”, dot us”. “dot ca” is for Canada, “dot us” is for the
United States, “dot uk” for United Kingdom, “dot br” for Brazil, for example, “dot sa”
for Saudi Arabia, “dot ru” for Russia, and each country has a country code similar to
this. Okay? And they’re usually two letters. All right. So, let’s now practice everything we’ve learned
by saying a few more email addresses. Okay? Are you with me? Good. All right. Here’s this guy, he’s really cool. His name is cooljack at xyz dot ca. Okay? Remember? That’s a country code; Canada. Here’s another example: info at nicerestaurant
dot com. Okay? Or: contact at nonprofit dot org. Or, this is the way… Okay. So, now, this part, this is how you should
actually decide what your email address should be when you’re going to use a personal email
for professional purposes as well. Okay? You don’t want to really to apply for a job
with a email address that says: “cooljack” or “wonderwoman”, or something like that. Okay? If you want to be silly, you can have a personal
email address like that; that’s fine. But normally the standard format that’s often
used in companies, and that’s accepted, and that looks professional is to write your first
name and your last name, sometimes connected with a dot, if necessary. Okay? So: first dot last at gmail-or whatever domain
you have-dot com. All right? So, this has been a complete review of how
you should say you email address in English so you can sound professional and also so
that other English speakers can understand exactly what you’re saying, whether you’re
telling a friend, a colleague, or a client. Okay? So, thanks very much for watching. Please go to our website at
so you can do a quiz on this, and really master it so you’re very comfortable saying these
things and making sure that you are correct when you communicate this information. Okay? And also I’d be really happy if you subscribed
to my YouTube channel and check out some of my other videos there. Bye for now. All the best with your English.

49 thoughts on “How to say your email correctly in English + more”

  1. Thanks , my lovely teacher , Rebacca ,
    You're the best teacher ever.
    You make sense to me to understand English more.
    Love you from

  2. Rebecca ,I can't get tired to compliment that your way of speaking is extraordinary perfect! 😊 I find no difficulty in understanding.

  3. Fantastic video. So many Engish learners struggle with this, and it's so important, especially for those working for international companies.

  4. You are the best teacher ever. Every times I thanking you in my heart, but I got a chance to write to you today, I am really happy about
    that you will read my comments.
    Please let me know this,
    If I say " these emails are just arrived". Is it correct or wrong?

  5. Thanks for lesson. I got 8 out of 8. Yeeeaa…

    But i want to mention dots don’t matter in Gmail addresses. If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you’ll still get that email.
    But it works only for gmail emails. So keep this in mind.


  6. Hi Rebecca!
    Many thanks for your classes, I have been watching your since August 1, 2019 and am planing to watch all,
    You didn't change, on the contrary year by year you are becoming younger and beautiful of course with your amazing voice and accent!
    Kind regards from Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬 but who lives and follows your videos from Qatar 🇶🇦

  7. Thanks for watching! If you want to improve your English easily and quickly, join my online course: – I wish you all the best!

  8. Hi Rebecca ! Thank , thank you very much for this great lesson to me . Only extra questions : underscore & hyphen symbols serve for what in emails ? I mean like @ stands for " at " !!!!!! And _ – stand for what ? ( Sorry for the question )

  9. I admire with this lesson because it's very heloful and i need it everyday…..thnk u a lot and i'm yr big fan from algeria💕💞

  10. Sometimes it is the things we think are most simple that end up being the challange. These are great common sense tips on email writing. Thanks

  11. This lesson is the dog's bollocks. I do use only NATO Phonetic Alphabet, do I make any mistake to do that? Words cannot describe how grateful I am for your utterly brilliant lesson. Far thee well, dearest Prof. Have you ever been to Venice, Italy? Ta-ta for now ! Andrea from Venice, Italy.

  12. It was you that taught me English. I used to work in an office 4 years ago and every time I had a spare moment, I watched your videos and tried to speak English (I didn’t know anything at that time) now I travel everywhere and feel confident in talking to people. Thank you very much!

  13. Just right now I completed/ watched all your 221 videos plus I wrote more than 40 page notes, Miss Rebecca really thanks for your efforts and way of explaining your materials, I'm in the middle of process of preparation for IELTS Academic test. Finally thanks again. I hope see and read my comment.
    My best regards

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