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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Hello, nice to meet you guys. I live in Vietnam, I keep in touch with my uncle who lives in the USA. The Internet is such a great tool that I can see, talk to my uncle easily without paying cost, just by a computer. Sometimes I write to my uncle too

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Today I started to learn English here. I feel so excited about this lesson and I'm living in Vietnam, I never had foreign friends to communicate with them. But maybe after when my English skills will be better I will have friends everywhere in the world. :D

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We've known each other for 3 years, he is a Pakistani and I'm an Indonesian. We keep in touch almost everyday, we talk about our daily activities, our dreams by BBM, WA, sometimes we use video call on Skype. But, now he stays at Germany, he got a scholarship to study in Germany for is Master programme. I'm happy being his friend, I do hope that one day we will meet in real life :).

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I live and work in Hanoi - capital of Vietnam. My family live in a town far from Hanoi. I work in a bank so I have no time to visit my family often. They don't know how to use Facebook or Skype so I just keep in touch with them by phone. it's a expensive way to talk to them for a long time but I have no choice. :( Everyday I just want to hear their voice. I miss them so much!

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I live in France and my family in Algeria, to keep in touch I use skype and viber to speak with them and I also call them but it's realy expensive.
With my friends I usally use facebook and email.

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Sending parcels and letters was good many years ago. Now it is cheaper to contact via FB or Skype. Phone calls are also cheap. For example to Poland you can call for only 1p per minute. It is really good price. What is also important, is when you send a parcel or letter you have to wait a long time. But when you contact via Internet or phone, you contact in real time. It is better, faster and cheaper. I like it.

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He lives with his wife in Istanbul,Turkey. I live with my husband and twin baby in Denizli, Turkey. We usually contact by Mobile. It is cheap,easy and I like to hear their voice. Sometimes we keep and touch online by internet, because we see each other 2 times per a year. Online by internet is nice to talk, face to face. We send photos by email, we communicate by email too.

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We usually get in touch with each other by using social networking platforms like Whatsapp and Skype.

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I can send my mum a parcel now.

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