Popular Internet & Computer Symbols to Improve Your Vocabulary

Popular Internet & Computer Symbols to Improve Your Vocabulary

Today I’m going to talk to you about some common internet symbols that you probably see every day and what those words are in English. That’s coming up. So most of us use the internet every day. Most of us probably use it too much. So we see these symbols all the time. These are symbols that are on the keyboard, but maybe you don’t know what these names are in English. And it’s important to know the names because if we’re communicating with somebody else, especially in business. We need to be able to tell people the right information. Even for something as simple as giving out your email address, you need to know these symbols. What are these words? We need to know these words. So I’m going to tell you. So the first symbol that I want to talk to you about is this one, right here. And if you’ve studied English grammar you may be looking at this and thinking well, it’s just a period. Or maybe it’s a full stop. Well, it’s neither one of those. If we’re talking about it as an internet symbol, it is just a dot. When you see this if you’re looking at a website or talking about an email address, you would just say dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. Dot. This is a dot. So say dot. The next symbol, this one right here, is also used when we’re talking about email addresses. And you would just say “At.” If you’re saying this symbol, you just say “At.” It’s like you’re pointing somebody to a specific location. Where is it at? So for example, if I were to give you our email address, I would say it is…. Where can you find it? You can find it at gmail. And then everything pretty much always ends with a dot something. All email addresses and most web addresses end with .com But there are other dots out there. But that is how you would correctly say your email address or or somebody else’s email address. At something, dot something. Now, perhaps the most common internet symbol that we use, and people even talk about this symbol nowadays is this one right here. And it is called a hashtag. And we use a hashtag as a way of labeling a conversation or labeling a topic. Most of the time when we post stuff on Facebook and Twitter, we will use a hashtag to identify that it’s from us, Interactive English. Just do a search, #InteractiveEnglish. See what you find. Another symbol you might see is this line right here, and this is called an underscore. Now this line is low. It’s at the bottom because it’s used to underline words or phrases in order to give emphasis. And I think it’s more common that people use an underscore in documents or passwords if they want to make it look like there’s a space in between the words. So for example, I could write… And now it looks like there’s a space between the two words. And that sometimes makes it just a little bit easier to read. Next is a slash. And a slash…we can make it a little more specific and say a backslash or a forward slash. Often times you don’t actually have to say this word. But it’s always good to know what it means. If I have a Documents folder, I’m looking for a specific file. And you could say, well it’s in… That would be how to find this video. Another internet symbol that you will encounter from time to time is this one right here. And it is called an asterisk. And we use an asterisk mostly to kind of make a note about something, maybe a footnote. Sometimes when you guys write a sentence in the comments like we asked you to do I might point out a correction and use an asterisk to make a note about that correction, so that you are aware of it. Another symbol that you might see from time to time is this one right here. And this is a hyphen. If this is a longer line, then it would be called a dash. So a hyphen is the shorter one. A dash is the longer one. Now, you’re probably wondering… What the hell is the difference between a hyphen and a dash? Well a hyphen, which is the shorter line, is used to join two words. And these could be compound adjectives like… We could also use it with compound nouns. A dash, on the other hand, which is that longer line, is used when we want to add comments, statements, or emphasis to a sentence. And there is a space on either side of a dash. Another internet symbol that you’ll see on your keyboard is this one right here. And the caps lock just means that all the letters that you type are going to be capital letters. We’re using capital letters, maybe to give emphasis to something. But caps lock is just a way of making sure that everything we type is in capital letters. Another symbol that you might see from time to time this one right here. And these are just called brackets. And we use brackets…we put information inside them. Now I don’t think brackets are as common as these right here, which are parentheses. So when we’re putting information inside, and we want to contain it inside an area, we mostly just use parentheses. But in case you see these somewhere, they are called brackets. I hope that you’re able to learn some new words today, some of these internet symbols. And if you have any other questions let us know in the comments. If there are other symbols, and you want to know what this word is in English write the symbol in the comments and we will let you know. If you enjoyed this lesson, please share it with anybody you know who’s trying to improve their English skills. As always, thanks so much for watching and I’ll see you next time.

63 thoughts to “Popular Internet & Computer Symbols to Improve Your Vocabulary”

  1. @Interactive English that was really a helpful lesson.👍👏Sometimes we use symbols without knowing their meanings and use them for the sake of using.You explained them very well.

    Thanks so much!!!!👍👏

  2. What an incredible lesson!.Do you often watch American shows?.Do you know "The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon?..By the way, I learned all internet symbols from his channel.Anyway,thanks a million for your lesson.

  3. this is the top notch explanation I've ever seen (thumbs-up) thanx a bunch sir as usual you've just hit the point by explaining such extremely important subjects would you mind making another video about more common American abreviations used in the internet ? keep it up sir my best regards from Algeria 😘😘😘😘

  4. Thanks for your super efforts.
    Could you give us more information about compound adjective. How can we look up at ordinary dictionaries and electronic dictionaries?

  5. What the meaning of "over-the-counter medicine"? I am really curious and I am so excited to learn it 😘😘😘

  6. Great video.
    Everyday english sometimes could be a pain in the neck , because lack of info searches of it.
    Please keep it on guys !

  7. Happy Easter guy!
    This is my first comment on your Channel. Thank you to present us with this useful tool.
    Carry on!

  8. Thank you so much, but I don't know why when I wotch your videos I found your English so clear. And this felling makes me feel like I'm native English speaker. Carry on.

  9. I live in Wiesbaden but English is my first language. I came here bc I was so frustrated learning German I had to return to my own language to see how they were teaching it and hopefully find out what the words mean that the German teacher keeps forgetting to tell us. I thought it might help to return to English and it did. It helped more than I even suspected it would.

  10. Hi guys! Thank you for this lesson. I needed to know the difference between dash and hyphen! My keyboard is in Spanish, so "caps lock" is bloqueo de mayúscula (Bloq Mayús)… I get it!

  11. What are some other Internet or keyboard symbols you would like to know? Write to use here in the comments. 👍

  12. thank you so much @interactive english.
    i would like to know what this symbol means + ex. ++education
    thank you so much
    you are awesome

  13. That's very polite of you. Thank you very much indeed. But let me put forward a suggestion. When you have time, make a video about some phonological processes, such as assimilation, deletion, elision etc, the way Americans really speak. I'd be extremely grateful. See you…

  14. 1.Dot .
    2. at @
    3. Hashtag #
    4. Underscore _
    5 Slash,Backslash /
    6. Asterisk *
    7. Hyphen –
    8 CAPS LOCK (Capital Letter)
    9. Parenthesis ()
    10. [] Brackets

  15. Hi guys,
    I really like your chanel.
    I have seen lots of English teachets.I think you're the best ones.
    What's the difference between dash an underscore

  16. Hello Wess,
    It woud be very useful if you explained to us and some other symbols that we see on the Internet conversations e.g. lol, 🙂 etc.

  17. Common internet symbols:
    # hashtag
    _ underscore
    / back slash forward slash
    * asterisk
    – hyphen
    Caps lock

  18. Thanks for choosing a very interesting topic for interaction. I hope everyone finds it extremely useful . Being an Internet user has become the need of the hour . To be well-acquainted with the Internet has become absolutely necessary . You present any topic in such a way that even a layman can easily follow .you have A fascinating style of interactions ! Thanks A million !

  19. Thanks for your comprehensive and useful lessons. If you are interested, the symbol @ "at" in Russian language sounds like "the DOG" or "the PUPPY DOG" and it's pretty spread out. It really is, don't laugh. If you ever decide to learn Russian language I can help you.

  20. This video is usefull.would you mind please to make videos about how to read down instructions about products and equipments? Have a nice day .kind regards

  21. I would like to know how to fill in the working format when i am looking for job.for example .i am hairfresser and i want to look for a job in usa .when i find an offer job i dont know how to apply it. Thank you befor hand.kind regards.

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