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!

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 - comprehension

Task 2 - a conversation at a post office

Task 3 - 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.