Everyday English Conversations - At the post office
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post office box
postal money order
picture post card
These English phrases will help you in a post office when you need to buy
stamps, send mail, or use other services.
how much is a First Class stamp?
how much is a Second Class stamp?
I'd like ..., please
a packet of envelopes
a jiffy bag
could I have ..., please?
a First Class stamp
a Second Class stamp
a book of First Class stamps
some First Class stamps
how many would you like?
how many are there in a book?
I'd like to send this to ...
I'd like to send this parcel to ...
how much will it cost to send this letter to ...?
the United States
can you put it on the scales, please?
I'd like to send this letter by ...
Recorded Delivery (signature required on delivery)
Special Delivery (guaranteed next day delivery in the UK,
with compensation for loss or damage)
where's the postbox?
what's the last date I can post this to ... to arrive in time for Christmas?
I've come to collect a parcel
I'd like to pay this bill
I'd like to send some money to ...
do you sell ...?
I'd like to get a TV licence
I need to renew my TV licence
can you fill in this form, please?
do you have a ...?
Things you might see
Air mail, please.
Postal clerk:—Yes, ma´am?
Mrs Ryefield:—How much is a stamp to send a letter to
Postal clerk:—Air mail or surface mail?
Mrs Ryefield:—Air mail, please.
Postal clerk:—That´ll be eighty-five cents.
Mrs Ryefield:—Four stamps, please. How much is that?
Postal clerk:—Three dollars and forty cents.
Mrs Ryefield:—There you go.
A: I would like to send this letter to Japan by airmail, how much
is the charge?
B: It’s 1.2, do you need extra stamps?
A: I do, I’ve been also expecting a package from New York.
Here is my identity card and the receipt.
B: Would you mind signing this form? Here is your package.
A: Finally, I would like to send this registered letter to London.
B: Please fill in the complete address in capital letters.
Postal clerk: What can I do for you today?
Carol: I need to mail this package to New York, please.
Postal clerk: OK, let’s see how much it weighs … it’s about five pounds.
If you send it express, it will get there tomorrow. Or, you can send it
priority and it will get there by Saturday.
Carol: Saturday is fine. How much will that be?
Postal clerk: $11.35 [eleven thirty-five]. Do you need anything else?
Carol: Oh, yeah! I almost forgot. I need a book of stamps, too.
Postal clerk: OK, your total comes to $20.35 [twenty dollars and thirty-
Postal office clerk: Good morning, what can I do for you today?
Karen: Good morning. I have to send this parcel to Thailand, please.
Postal office clerk: OK, pass me the parcel through the opened window and let’s
see how much it weighs. It weighs 3 kilos. you need to send it by airmail, it will
get there in about 7 days.
Postal office clerk: You also have the option of using international signed for.
Karen: What is that?
Postal office clerk: Same as airmail, but the person in Thailand has to sign for it
when the post man delivers it to them.
Karen: How much does that cost?
Postal office clerk: An extra £5.15 [five pounds and fifteen pence] and it is
insured up to £50 [fifty pounds]
Karen: It's OK, 7 days by airmail is fine. How much will sending the parcel be?
Postal office clerk: £10.15 [ten pounds and fifteen pence]. Do you need anything
Karen: Oh, I nearly forgot. I need to buy 2 books of stamps, one first class and
the other second class.
Postal office clerk: OK, that will be £15.35 [fifteen pounds and thirty five pence].
Anita is at the post office. She is talking to the clerk.
Clerk: May I help you?
Anita: Yes, please. I need some stamps for this card.
Clerk: Let me weigh it for you. That is one dollar and fifty cents.
Anita: Okay. Thank you.
Clerk: Do you need anything else?
Anita: Yes, please. I also need to send this package.
Clerk: Let me weigh it for you. That is three dollars and ten cents.
Anita: Here you are. That is four dollars and sixty cents.
Clerk: Thank you. Is that all?
Anita: Yes it is. Thanks for all your help.
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