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Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes

Date: Apr 06 2007

Themes: Friend, How To

Intro

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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

In the US, many people write thank you notes when they receive a gift. It is considered the minimum courtesy toward the gift-giver to acknowledge the thoughtfulness and usefulness of the gift.

However, many Americans never write thank you notes, the younger generations especially. It seems that we may be losing this custom.

If you are in the States and someone gives you a gift to honor your arrival, your birthday, a holiday or any other occasion, it is best to write them a card thanking them for the gift. It is also nice to thank people who let you stay in their home or cook a meal for you.

A thank you note can be very brief. Here is an example:

Dear Mrs. Robinson,
Thank you so much for the bracelet you gave me for my birthday. It will always remind me of you and of my visit to your city. I appreciate your thinking of me.
Warm regards,
Kaya

After you write it, make sure you have the correct address, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail.

Listen to Amanda and Kevin talk about thank you notes.

Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Amanda

Amanda

Kevin

Kevin

Amanda:  Mm, salad.

Kevin:  I’m feeling frustrated. So I gave a good friend of mine a gift two weeks ago.

Amanda:  Uh huh.

Kevin:  And I’ve yet to get… I sent her a gift two weeks ago and I have yet to get any notification of, of receipt of the gift.

Amanda:  Um, that’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves right now. When I was a kid, my parents taught me to write a thank you card that moment.

Kevin:  Immediately.

Amanda:  Write the card. Put it in the mail.

Kevin:  That’s right.

Amanda:  Nobody does it anymore and it drives me crazy.

Kevin:  It’s, it’s gone out of style, I guess. I think it’s incredibly rude.

Amanda:  Do you think it’s inconvenient? Or people don’t know to do it? Because maybe they weren’t raised and taught to write a thank you card.

Kevin:  I think it’s a combination of both. I think because the custom has kind of gone by the wayside. People aren’t doing it as much and… or they just never learned. Kind of like tipping. Some people just aren’t good tippers…

Amanda:  That’s horrible.

Kevin:  ‘Cause they didn’t learn from their parents.

Amanda:  It’s absolutely horrible.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Amanda:  With wedding gifts, you know, that excuse, you have a year.

Kevin:  That is BS.

Amanda:  That’s, that’s BS.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Amanda:  Total BS.

Kevin:  I agree.

Amanda:  And people run with that year and they go into the next year and they say, “Well, I missed the deadline. Oops.”

Kevin:  It’s ridiculous.

Amanda:  Not OK. Not OK.

Kevin:  Very rude.

 

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Discussion

Kevin sent a gift to his friend but hasn’t heard whether the friend received the gift.

Amanda thinks it is rude not to write a thank you note for a gift you receive. That’s what her parents taught her to do.

Kevin thinks the custom has faded. People don’t take the time to write a thank you note, or they just weren’t taught that it is the polite thing to do.

What do people do in your country when they receive a gift?

Do you write thank you notes?

 

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Kate07

Kate07

Poland

It's good to know that in US is that custom.

In Poland I just say "Thank you" 

07:02 PM May 31 2007 |

maygel

China

We have no custom to write “thank you note”,but when we receive gift from others we immedity say thank you to him.

02:59 AM May 10 2007 |

dvat

Viet Nam

In my country people don’t have a habit of writing thank you note. They just say “thank” when receiving a gift.

01:53 AM Apr 28 2007 |

bepeto

Peru

Interesting. I didn’t know it

05:06 PM Apr 13 2007 |

arielino

arielino

Brazil

In my country (Brazil) people usually say thank you, but don’t write thank you notes.

08:10 PM Apr 12 2007 |

pnota

Saudi Arabia

nice but not that much???>>>>>>>>>>

06:13 PM Apr 12 2007 |

juewel

juewel

Germany

I got a thank you note once and it felt really good ;o)

09:18 AM Apr 09 2007 |

ahosokawa

United States

Excellent lesson!

12:26 AM Apr 09 2007 |

dx_hbk

dx_hbk

India

this is ridiciulous

09:58 AM Apr 08 2007 |

Angelbaby

Angelbaby

China

In china,I think we don’t send thank you notes,but we will have dinner together in order to show thank you. For those who don’t come to dinner,we will send him some small gifts instead of thank you note

08:18 AM Apr 08 2007 |

sun ray

Oman

people in my country often say thank you. this is the usaul way

06:55 AM Apr 08 2007 |

vivi_he

China

I agree with somaliland

01:46 PM Apr 07 2007 |

clau_sp

clau_sp

Spain

we dont usually write thank you notes, but only when the date is really important, like a wedding. Actually, we say thank you speaking… hehehe

12:40 PM Apr 07 2007 |

friday6000

China

i like it very much,,,,,i think it’s our customers of china,,,we can through the different styles to send our wishes,,,,just like his you can fell that’s very ,,,maybe you dear friebd very like to get the different styles,,or we can think it’s a good presents

12:31 PM Apr 07 2007 |

getchar

getchar

Algeria

in the world we are living today..a lot habits are gone by the way side!!..kinda education..!since you can get a present from someone at least he should know he received it!!

09:20 AM Apr 07 2007 |

Brave

China

we should learn something from it

07:21 AM Apr 07 2007 |

somaliland

somaliland

Somalia

its good for every one know the sence of gratitude,and we all need it.
It may help you to influence person’s character on this word.
we have to learn how to say THANK YOU.Now i I’d like to say a big thank you to every one help us to learn english language specialy Ebaby staff.
THANK YOU

06:48 AM Apr 07 2007 |

Michellita

Michellita

Brazil

I think that people should always express thankfulness it doesn’t matter what means they use for doing it. Thank you notes are not common in my country, we usually call the giver and thank him/her for the gift.

02:17 AM Apr 07 2007 |

Vellelene

India

I want to improve the communication skill both written and spoken Please help me

01:05 AM Apr 07 2007 |

messi 19

messi 19

United Arab Emirates

good to know

01:58 PM Apr 06 2007 |

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