Sending Letters

You are on a holiday in England. You want to send letters and postcards home to your family and friends. You write them, and then you bring them to the post office. In this unit you will learn the vocabulary you need for all these things and you will make yourself familiar with the situation.

Which of these things do you need for sending letters (or other things)?


Now try out this other vocabulary exercise! Can you find the pairs?

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Now learn some new words! Take a look at the vocabulary list!


Word List:

    • post[pəʊst](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a particular method of sending mail
    • Example:
      • The papers she was waiting for were finally sent via post.
    • post[pəʊst](verb)
    • Definition:
      • to send mail
    • Example:
      • Mail items posted before 7.00 pm within the Central Business District will be delivered the next working day.
  • postman
    • postman, postmen[ˈpəʊstmæn](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person who delivers the post (mail) to residential or commercial addresses
    • Example:
      • The postman delivers the mail every weekday.
      • Synonym(s):
        mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier
  • postwoman
    • postwoman, postwomen[ˈpəʊstwʊmən](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a female postman
    • Example:
      • For a few weeks now, a postwoman has been delivering our mail.
  • post office
    • post office, post offices(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a place (building, office, shop, or counter) concerned with the business of delivering letters, post or mail and selling stamps, etc.
    • Example:
      • The next post office is ten minutes away.
    • postal worker, postal workers(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person who works at the post office
    • Example:
      • The post office downtown employs around 15 postal workers.
  • letter
    • letter, letters[ˈlɛt.ə](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a written message
    • Example:
      • I wrote a letter to my sister.
  • letter box
    • letter box, letter boxes(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a slot to put mail in
    • Example:
      • There are 30 letter boxes in the hall of the apartment building.
      • Synonym(s):
  • write
    • write, wrote, written[ɹaɪt](irregular verb)
    • Definition:
      • to form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate; to send written information to
    • Example:
      • The pupil wrote his name on the paper.
  • envelope
    • envelope, envelopes[ˈɛn.və.ləʊp](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a paper or cardboard wrapper used to enclose small, flat items, especially letters, for mailing
    • Example:
      • She put her letter in an envelope and brought it to the post office.
  • postcard
    • postcard, postcards[ˈpəʊstkɑː(ɹ)d](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended to be written on and mailed without an envelope
    • Example:
      • I received a postcard from Italy!
  • parcel
    • parcel, parcels[ˈpɑrsəl](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a package wrapped for shipment
    • Example:
      • I saw a brown paper parcel on my doorstep.
      • Synonym(s):
    • address, addresses[ə.ˈdrɛs](noun)
    • Definition:
      • direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed
    • Example:
      • To send a postcard to my friend I will need her address.
    • postcode, postcodes[ˈpəʊs(t)kəʊd](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a sequence of letters and numbers added to a postal address to aid the sorting and delivery of mail
    • Example:
      • The postcode of my hometown is 345674.
  • sender
    • sender, senders[ˈsɛndɚ](noun)
    • Definition:
      • someone who sends something, eg. mail
    • Example:
      • The letter came from an unknown sender.
      • Antonym(s):
        addressee, receiver
  • receiver
    • receiver, receivers[ɹəˈsivɚ](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person who receives something, eg. mail
    • Example:
      • Her parents are the receivers of her beautiful gift.
      • Synonym(s):
    • postage, postages[ˈpəʊstɪʤ](noun)
    • Definition:
      • the charge for posting an item; the postage stamp, or similar token, affixed to an item of post as evidence of payment
    • Example:
      • The postage to send the parcel to London was 12 Pounds.
  • stamp
    • stamp, stamps[stæmp](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a small piece of printed paper stuck on an item to be mailed, indicating that postage has been paid
    • Example:
      • I need one first-class stamp to send this letter.
    • stick, stuck, stuck[stɪk](irregular verb)
    • Definition:
      • to glue or to adhere something to something else so it cannot easily be removed
    • Example:
      • Stick the label on the jar.
  • penfriend
    • penfriend, penfriends[ˈpɛnfrɛnd](noun)
    • Definition:
      • a person, often in a foreign country, with whom one exchanges friendly correspondence but whom one never or rarely meets
    • Example:
      • The class got several new penfriends from England.
      • Synonym(s):
        pen pal
  • airmail
    • airmail[ˈɛəmeɪl](uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • the system of conveying mail using aircraft
    • Example:
      • He sent a letter to Asia via airmail.

Practise the new words with the vocabulary trainer!


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In this exercise you have to put the different steps into the right order! What comes first?

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  • Buy stamps at the post office!
  • Put it into an envelope!
  • Write a letter!
  • Find the nearest post office!
  • Give the letter to a postman or put it into a post box!

Now, watch the video! It is about a woman who goes to the post office and buys stamps.


Here is a transcript of the video. Some words are missing! Can you fill in the gaps?

    •  Hi, I need to buy some 
       for these 
    •  Okay, where are they going?
    •  One is going to the Philippines and the other to 

    •  I also have a small 
       that needs to go to the Philippines.


Watch the second video! It is about a man who wants to mail a package.


Now answer questions about the video! Click on the Play-Buttons to watch smaller parts of the video again! They will help you answer the questions!

    • What does the man want?
      • He wants to mail a package.
      • He wants to mail a letter.
      • He has received a package.
    • How big is the package?
      • It's about two cubic feet, and it weighs ten pounds.
      • It's about ten cubic feet, and it weighs one pound.
      • It's about one cubic foot, and it weighs ten pounds.
    • How many stamps are on the package?
      • Two.
      • There are no stamps on the package yet.
      • Three.
    • How much does it cost?
      • It costs 8 Pounds.
      • It costs 8 Dollars.
      • It costs nothing, because there are already stamps on the package.
Jakob is on a student exchange in England. He has been learning English for two years at school and now it is his first time in the country. He writes a letter home to his family and now he wants to send the letter by post.

Read the text. Some words are missing! Can you fill in the gaps?

    •  On Friday morning, Jakob left the house to go to the post 
       . He has an 
       with him which contains a letter to his family. At the post office, he goes to the counter and says to the lady that works there: "Hello. I would like to 
       a letter. How much does that cost?" The lady says: "Show me the letter, please. Where is it going to?" Jakob replies: "It is going to Germany." The lady says: "Alright. You will need to buy a 
       . Letters that go abroad cost 88 Pence."
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