Sending and receiving things in the post is a great way to communicate with friends and family. Watch the video, which shows Sam receiving a special parcel from her friend in the UK, and practise your speaking skills as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - check you know these words

Task 2 - comprehension

Task 3 - a conversation at a post office

Task 4 - your turn to speak

Practise saying this conversation with a friend:

Assistant: Hello. How can I help you?

Customer: I'd like to send this parcel to my friend in Australia, please.

Assistant: Ok, put it on the scales, please... that'll be £7.90.

Customer: Great - that's cheaper than I thought! Is there anything else I need to do?

Assistant: No. I can see you've written the address on the front and your address on the back of the parcel. I just need to put the stamp and AIRMAIL sticker on it.

Customer: Fantastic. How long will it take to get there?

Assistant: It will take about a week.

Customer: Ok, thanks very much. Bye!

You can use your phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.


My friend Sam lives in Australia. I live in England. We like to keep in touch by email and send each other photos of our families. Yesterday was Sam’s birthday, and I wanted to send her something special. I put Sam’s present in a box and wrapped it in brown paper. I wrote Sam’s address on the front and my address on the back. I took the parcel to the Post Office in town. There was a long queue, but the assistant was really helpful. He asked me to put my parcel on the scales so he could tell me how much it would cost to send. Then, he put a special stamp on it, and a sticker that said ‘BY AIRMAIL’. “It will take about a week,” he said. Anyway, that was ten days ago. This morning, I got an email from Sam. She was delighted to receive a birthday present all the way from England!



How do you keep in touch with people in other countries?

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really fantastic

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My family live in Philippines me and my husband live in Qatar. We keep in touch my family through viber skypes and facebook anytime I want.Now a days its doesn't matter how far we are because is easy to communicate with them.

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I live in sudan and my husband live in UK, let keep in touch with him by fb, Skype.
Internet make people close to each other's

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I lives in Nigeria and my dad lives in United States. He often call to know how I'm doing. He sometimes talked to me on social network. But when he needed to pass across crucial or urgent information, he usually make a phone call. He call only when it is off working hour in Nigeria and sometimes at night. We have never for once communicate via airmail.

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My family live in Sudan and I keep touch with them through Skype and what's up

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Whats app is one of the greatest technology tools used today for communicating with others especially who keep in touch with you by chatting or sending voice messages and sharing all media types. Really I like it so much!

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these days distance doesnt matter because we can talk to our family and friends in other countries free.

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My family lives in Sudan, and i live in KSA , where my work.
I keeep on touch with my family through the inernet means such as Line,Skype,i mo and whats app.I think , it is a real boon which mandate the thank and the grateful to The God, So, i comunicate my family every when and every where!!

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I usually communicate with them through Facebook messenger. We can send pictures, messages and talk to each other for free as long as we have internet connection which is less expensive.