At the post office

These English phrases will help you in a post office when you need to buy stamps, send mail, or use other services.

Postal services

In the UK, there are two main classes of postage — first class and second class. First class is quicker.

how much is a first class stamp?
how much is a second class stamp?
I'd like …, please
an envelope
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 …
Canada
I'd like to send this parcel to …
Brazil
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?
Germany
Australia
I've come to collect a parcel
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