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Sincerely Yours

Sincerely Yours

Date: Aug 17 2007

Themes: Friend, Hobbies


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When is the last time you sat down and wrote a letter by hand? If it’s been a while, you should try it. There’s something nice about putting ink to paper. You can do it outside or in an easy chair without the glow of the computer.

It’s also much more personal to open an envelope and unfold a letter. When Kevin left the country for a while, he found the best way to stay connected to his friends was to write letters and send them snail mail.


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





Kevin:  So you know I know that everyone uses email and that’s all people want to do…

Mason:  I, like, don’t even use paper anymore.

Kevin:  ...and text messages. I was definitely going down that path for a number of years and then about two years ago when I was working in Japan, I just…I was really far from all my close friends, so I started to send them letters…

Mason:  From Japan?

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  Wow.

Kevin:  Just, like, it was nice to send one and get one and one of my best friends loves to write letters so he was really excited that I loved to write him letters so I’d send him a letter every week and he’d send me one, and it was awesome.

Mason:  That’s so classical. I like the [def ]romantic[/def] idea of it, but I don’t know if I’d be patient enough to wait for the interchange of an overseas letter.

Kevin:  But if you know that it will come like every week, like you send one and get one back that same week, it’s fine, you know. And it’s kind of exciting. It just means a lot more than an email.

Mason:  I completely agree with that, but I gotta say my handwriting is terrible.



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People usually communicate electronically now that most everyone has an email address and mobile phone. Mason says he hardly uses paper anymore. Perhaps that’s what makes him so surprised when Kevin says he likes to write letters. In this day and age, writing letters is a rare thing to do.

Kevin started writing letters when he was in Japan. One of his good friends was really into it and the two of them exchanged letters every week. This regularity made up for how long it takes to send a letter overseas. Mason’s not sure if writing letters sounds like fun to him. He agrees it’s a significant gesture, but complains that his writing is bad.

When is the last time you wrote a letter? Can you think of anyone who would like to receive one?



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I love writing letters by hand.But I just have my friends' phone number.We are used to sending short messages.~

01:35 AM Aug 18 2007 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Although it takes more time and money,I still think sending a handwrited letter is more precious than an e-mail.Even for the reciever it’s the matter of being aware of how much important he or she was to worth such an effort.

08:57 PM Aug 16 2007 |




i also want to be your friend but i don't know how to concact with you_

03:01 PM Aug 16 2007 |

Rangi ya nyekundu


I think that writing letters by hand is much more romantical and it makes friends or lovers who are  far away from each other closer. But it takes time and It's a bit expensive…Because of that I mostly use text messages and e-mail. I'm up to change my habits and start writing some letters as soon as possible..

02:48 PM Aug 16 2007 |



Moldova, Republic Of

I think that writing letters by hand is the past. Time is money and it is much easier to write or inform your friend by e-mail which takes much less time. Internet practically let the handwriting for the past.

01:31 PM Aug 15 2007 |

t k awan

t k awan


Letter is a way of expressing every thing to any one.Like what i cant say i suppose,and suppose i love you.is it not a good way to say love you?
you can get the benifits of letter through it.

10:42 AM Aug 14 2007 |

t k awan

t k awan


Its a good effort.

10:32 AM Aug 14 2007 |



I want to be your freind , so if you want to get in touch with me , email me on

09:36 AM Aug 14 2007 |




I’ve never thought of writing letters by hand. But I write short stories and poems, I prefer writing them on papers rather than writing them on computers.

04:14 PM Aug 12 2007 |



oh really i dont know what time was last letter i wrote ,,but we still write letters to any public place as a roten

03:22 PM Aug 12 2007 |




my last time wrote a letter was three years ago.i like keeping connect with my friends in anyway.i  very happy when my friend connect with me  .    

01:15 PM Aug 12 2007 |




me too like the other friends i cant remember when ….but it is really nice ..u knwo i just ealized how it is nice to write or recieve a letter …

06:28 AM Aug 12 2007 |




I like letters from abroad because the nice stamps!

09:02 PM Aug 11 2007 |




I think the last time tha i send a snail mail was one or two years ago… Because my friend moved to Manaus and didn´t have e-mail… so I have to write letters to him!

08:04 PM Aug 11 2007 |


Viet Nam

I think it will be interesting when you unfold the envelope by you hands and you will smile when you see the letter from your friend…

08:01 PM Aug 11 2007 |



South Korea

Um, my handwriting is so terrible!! even i can't read it from time to time;) actually, i tried to do it well. but it failed. so i really envy people who have a good handwriting;)

07:04 PM Aug 11 2007 |



United Arab Emirates

in fact , i didn't wrote any letter in my life..coz we have phons and computers … but  i think that we need for it sometimes to write something we can't say it … i know that if i try to write aletter i will take along time..so i think that i must to stay away & use what is too fast..


02:37 PM Aug 11 2007 |




hımm ı’m writing letters to my boyfrind because he is a soldier

01:35 PM Aug 11 2007 |




hmm technology taking place

12:00 PM Aug 11 2007 |



Syrian Arab Republic

i like the written letters

11:44 AM Aug 11 2007 |

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