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U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service

Date: Aug 26 2004


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This week, Sara needs some advice about sending a package. Sometimes, it helps to get advice from people before you do new things, so you know what to expect. The Post Office can be intimidating, but really it’s pretty easy to get something sent. Check it out!


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Steph:  So, you need to send a package?

Sara:  Yeah. I need to send a package and I haven’t done a lot of it. So, if you could kind of explain how to do it, that would be great!

Steph:  OK. Well, the first thing you wanna do is make sure that you don’t go to the Post Office at lunch time because the line will be really, really long.

Sara:  Oh. Because everybody has lunch breaks, so they go the Post Office?

Steph:  Right.

Sara:  OK.

Steph:  Then, if it’s, if you need it to get there fast, you can send it, I think, priority.

Sara:  OK.

Steph:  But if you don’t need it to go so fast, you can send it what’s called first class.

Sara:  Does it cost more money to send it priority?

Steph:  A little bit. But if you need it to get there fast, it’s worth it.

Sara:  OK. How do you get the postage? Do you ask them for it?

Steph:  Well, you take your package and make sure it’s already all taped up. And you can write the person’s address right on the box. And then you stand in line. And then the person at the counter will tell you what to do and how much it costs.

Sara:  Oh. OK. And then they just mail it for you?

Steph:  They just take it from you and then that’s it.

Sara:  Wow. That sounds pretty easy.

Steph:  It’s pretty easy. But you have to make sure and tape up the box before you go.

Sara:  So everything doesn’t fall out?

Steph:  Right.

Sara:  Are they nice?

Steph:  Yeah.

Sara:  Yeah?

Steph:  They are.

Sara:  Not so bad?

Steph:  They’re very nice.

Sara:  OK. Well, thanks! I’m gonna go try.



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When I was in college, I studied abroad in France. After just a few months there, I had somehow acquired a lot of crap. Crap which was very important to me at that time. There was enough crap to put into a box to send home. The problem was, I was totally scared to go to the Post Office. I was afraid that they wouldn’t understand what I needed. In the end, I went to the Post Office. I got my French crap in the mail a couple of weeks later and happily showed it to my friends. Look at all the cool French crap I got, I said. They didn’t care. I threw the crap away.



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johnSuper Member!

United States

there's always a line at the post office!

10:46 PM Nov 10 2009 |




01:51 PM Jun 19 2008 |





07:18 AM Jun 17 2008 |





07:18 AM Jun 17 2008 |



Russian Federation

I have a lot of problem ,when I need to sent a packadg.

07:58 AM Jun 13 2008 |



Sorry.  I am new user in this site.  If I want to listening the dialogue, How I can do?

12:39 AM May 30 2008 |



I sent a pakage to my friend to another country but he didnt get it yet. :(

12:10 PM May 29 2008 |


Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I learn so much with "Real life". In my country Post Office doesn't work out. We usually use private agence.

Thanks to Ebaby !

07:52 AM May 14 2008 |




thank u~`

02:12 PM May 11 2008 |




we still need the post office to send a pakage to a friend who live a broad the cost is cheap but it take along time to arrive at the source, the post office is not popular recently because everyone can send a message via internet

10:41 AM May 09 2008 |



At my place, we have to avoid to go there during pay day and a few days after. So many customers line up to pay their bills, renewal taxes, postal order and so forth.

01:39 AM Apr 25 2008 |



it`s very interenting .i didn`t know don`t go to the post ofice at lunch.interesting point.

01:38 AM Apr 12 2008 |



very nice! Cool

03:54 AM Apr 11 2008 |




i am ready tooLaughing

04:36 AM Mar 07 2008 |




i am ready


08:10 AM Jan 20 2008 |

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