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Post Office

(intermediate level)


(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • Britain's tallest building used to be the London Post Office Tower (177 m).
  • You can do many things at a post office,but you can't deposit money there.



  • The post office savings bank pays inter-est on money deposited there.
  • A record of deposited or withdrawn sums is kept in the depositor's bank-book.



  • You can't apply for a driving licence at a post office in Britain.
  • Nor can a licence for a dog be bought at a British post office.



  • Money can be withdrawn only at the very post office where you deposited it.
  • A withdrawal form must be filled in when you take money out in England.



  • The only kind of letter-box in England is the pillar-box.
  • Letter-boxes are painted bright red in England.



  • Smaller post offices in Britain are often part of a tobacconist's shop.
  • There is no overseas registration at a smaller post office in England.



  • British first class mail gets to the addressee within Britain the next day.
  • When an envelope is addressed in England, full stops (.) are never used.



  • If you address an envelope in the English way, the postal code comes last.
  • The name of the street precedes the name of the town and the county.



  • You don't have to pay extra for a registered express letter in England.
  • Airmail letters and telegrams cost you the same as ordinary letters.



  • Postmen are usually given a tip in England when they deliver a money order.
  • You won't be surcharged in Britain if a letter comes without a stamp.



  • There is no difference between 'postal order' and 'money order'.
  • A parcel is usually smaller and lighter than a package.



  • 'c/o' in an address means 'with the cards of'.
  • 'c/o' means 'care of'.



  • The sender will pay COD when a letter is posted by express mail.
  • 'COD' means 'cash on delivery' and it's paid by the addressee.



  • In England there are usually two deliveries a day.
  • You don't drop a letter into a pillar-box if you want to have it registered.



  • Letters sent by airmail can be called 'air-letters' in English.
  • You will get a letter much sooner if you post it registered.



  • Excess weight must be paid for a registered air-letter.
  • Surface mail is usually more expensive than airmail, because it's much safer.



  • If you don't answer a reply-paid telegram, you will be surcharged.
  • P.O.B. means 'postal order book', it's a kind of registration for postal orders.



  • P.O.B. means 'post office box'. Only rich people can afford to rent one.
  • The mail is collected once a day in London.



  • There are several mail collections a day in British towns.
  • Inland postage is more expensive in England than overseas airmail.



  • A so-called small packet is never weighed in an English post office.
  • A rate per word must be paid for telegrams.



  • You pay a registration fee when you post a registered letter.
  • 'SAE' is a postal abbreviation. It means 'stamped, addressed envelope'.



  • The English put an exclamation mark (!) after the greeting in a letter.
  • They usually start the greeting in the middle of the line.



  • The English put a comma (,) after the greeting in a letter.
  • The greeting is usually 'Dear ... ,'.



  • The English start even a private letter with their own address in the corner.
  • They usually write their name above the address.



  • You sign your name on the left hand side in an English letter.
  • You never put a full stop (.) after the closing, you use a comma (,).



  • You mustn't use short forms and abbreviations in an informal English letter.
  • You'd be better not to use both sides of a piece of thin letter paper.



  • Private letters shouldn't be typed in England.
  • It's not polite to type an invitation or a thank-you letter.



  • You don't have to pay for an emergency call in Britain. The number is 999.
  • Public telephone boxes are usually red in England.



  • When picking up the receiver you hear a buzzing sound, the dialling tone.
  • Then you can dial, after dropping a coin into the slot of the public telephone.



  • When the line is engaged, you will immediately get through.
  • Answering the phone means replacing the receiver when the telephone is ringing.



  • When the line is engaged, you will be cut off if you don't dial again.
  • A telephone book is not the same thing as a telephone directory.



  • When your telephone is installed, your name will be listed in the directory.
  • When you have finished talking, the operator will put you through.



  • 'Code number' means quite the same as 'extension number'.
  • 'Directory book' means quite the same as 'directory inquiries'.



  • When you can't get through to somebody directly, call the telephone repairs.
  • There is no difference between 'extension' and 'party-line'.



  • 'Being on the phone' generally means being a telephone subscriber.
  • Two subscribers can share a party-line with two different numbers.



  • A trunk call is a long distance call with direct dialling.
  • The long distance number preceding your own number is called 'code number'.



  • All British inland telephone codes start with '0'.
  • But you drop this '0' when calling a British number from abroad.



  • When answering the phone in England you usually say your own number first.
  • '0' in phone numbers is read 'oh' in English.



  • Numbers in a telephone number are read separately in English.
  • 'Ring off' means 'stop talking and replace the receiver'.



  • 'Hang up' means the same as 'hold the line'.
  • You 'get through' when the telephone line is connected.


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