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.

Tasks

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.

Transcript

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!

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

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I have presently moved to the UK. I had come here 5 years back also and lived here for a year. I can make out that internet applications for communication have evolved a lot since then. I can connect to my family in Kashmir as and when feasible. I can talk to them, see them whenever I like. It is because internet speed has also improved a lot in my home town.

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I normally use Skype and email to contact to the world.

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My big family lives in Romania. I live in town Leeds, I talk to them on Facebook and phone. On 12 January was my sister's birthday. I went to the Post Office to send a package with a perfume, but they have not accepted, because it is prohibited.

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I have friends from many countries and I keep in touch with them through Facebook, Skype and internet.
It's really great to know that we can be near even when we're far away.

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I keep in touch with my friends and buddies by using IMO on the cell phone.

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I keep in touch with my sister via a messaging app. It is a smart way to get in touch with her. Sometimes we can't connect due to connection problems and our busy work schedules. When I get her missed call I call her back when l am not busy or send a message.

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I keep in touch with my friends overseas via Skype. It's a great way to text them, hearing their voices and to see their faces. However, others prefer using what'sapp or Facebook Messenger. Nowadays, the more sophisticated and vibrant Snapchat is tacking over other social networks with it's unique self-destructing photo messages and stories which frame a new style of social communication.

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Technology had changed the way we communicate with people around us and made it way easier and cheaper. I personally love to use Whatsapp and sometimes Twitter to stay connected with my loved ones. And if I want to make a video call then Line app is a great choice, but unfortunately the government had banned the free calls not only on Line but also in long list of applications that use the internet to make free calls.

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I have created many friends in different ages during studying outside my country which is Saudi Arabia. I usually keep in touch with them by email or application like whatsapp, snapchat, and so on

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