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25 / 07 / 2005

POSTCARDS (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a great weekend. This is the last week of July, and also the last week of Daily Vitamins until September. Like many of you, we will be on holiday during the month of August; well...most of August. Many people take advantage of their holiday time to travel. If you are visiting a different place this summer, why not practice your English by writing a postcard in English? If you don't have anyone to write to in English, you can write to us: Ziggurat English Services c/ Nicaragua 48, 5-3 08029 Barcelona We would love to hear from you, so we are going to begin this week's Vitamins by looking at how to write a postcard in English. EXAMPLE POSTCARD: Dear Kyle, I'm having a fabulous time here in the Bahamas! The weather is fantastic and the beaches are amazing. Right now I'm sitting under a palm tree, having a piña colada and relaxing. Went scuba-diving yesterday. Saw some beautiful fish. Met a really nice Canadian girl too. Tomorrow we're going to visit the town together. See you when I get back, Jack The words in bold indicate some typical elements used in postcard writing. Today we will look at how to begin and end a postcard. BEGINNING A POSTCARD We usually begin a postcard with the words Dear NAME, or the word Hi!; postcards tend to be more informal than regular letters. Next we state where we are: I'm (here) in PLACE or I'm visiting PLACE, I'm having a great time here in PLACE. ENDING A POSTCARD Some typical phrases for ending a postcard include: See you when I get back, See you soon, Wish you were here, Hugs and Kisses or Bye for now!. Notice that we do not use all of these phrases in the same postcard. We choose the option that is most appropriate for the person we are writing to. For example, you might want to end your postcard with Hugs and kisses if you are writing to your mother. But perhaps you would prefer See you soon if you are writing to your workmates (compañeros de trabajo). Tomorrow we will explain some more elements of postcard writing. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!


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