What is "@" "at" called when giving an email over the phone? Is it different in different regions? I have heard it as "XiaoLong ..." or something similar to that in Taiwan, but not sure what exactly they are saying.

  • search web using e。g。@ 怎么读? -> e.g. @最早是表示“在每个里面”的意思,比如发票写作@25,表示在每本里面有25份。后来随着互联网 的普及,它就成了电子邮件地址专用的间隔符号,至于它的读音嘛,有读“埃特 ai te 的,也有读“诶特 ei te”的,还有读“圈a”的,港台地区还读作“小老鼠”,反正谁都知道是指的 @ 这个字符,读音准确不准确就无所谓了。 – user6065 Sep 7 '17 at 14:12

As pointed out by @Daniel Yeung above, they call it 小老鼠 (Xiao3 Lao3 Shu3)in Taiwan, which means 'little mouse'. Takes a little imagination to see the resemblance. I think that is precisely what you heard over the phone.

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I've heard at least two versions personally.

One is to use the English reading of "at".

The other is "圈(儿)a". Meaning "a" with a circle around it.

It might be different in different regions.

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  • Thanks!, in which region is this "圈(儿)a" used? – JEOG Sep 7 '17 at 9:41
  • I live in Beijing now and grew up in a nearby city. The two versions are both heard in this area. It may also have something to do with education level. There may be other ways to call it in other regions. – fefe Sep 7 '17 at 10:01
  • another funny version: 小老鼠 ^_^ – Daniel Yeung Sep 7 '17 at 10:24

我觉得没有什么特别的叫法,只是音译(根据发音翻译)一般叫“艾特” means @

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