English Vocabulary - Reading Web Symbols
Even for intermediate and advanced English students, it can sometimes be a challenge to share something as simple as your email address! That's because of all these funny symbols and their funny names that we need to read.
It's important to note that these same symbols have different names when we are not talking about the internet. For example, [.] is called a dot when it's in an email address or website, but in math we say point and in English we call it a period. Similarly, [-] is a dash when we're talking about the internet, but we call it a hyphen when it connects two words in English!.
Here are six of the most common web symbols and how to say them aloud:
|Symbol||What to Say||IPA||Example||Example Sentence|
|@||at||/ætfirstname.lastname@example.org||My email is John at Gmail dot com.|
|-||dash||/dæʃemail@example.com||It's Carlita dash Cole at Yahoo dot com.|
|_||underscore||/ˌʌndərˈskɔrfirstname.lastname@example.org||It's Carlita underscore Cole at Yahoo dot com.|
|/||slash||/slæʃ/||www.ginse.ng/blog||Go to W-W-W dot G-I-N-S-E dot N-G slash blog for English resources!|
|#||hashtag||/ˌhæʃtæg/||#TBT||Use hashtag TBT for Throwback Thursday.|
|.||dot||/dɑt/||uber.com||The website is Uber dot com.|