How to Post a Letter in French

Two Methods:Asking for directions to the Post OfficePostal questions



Even if you're the most die-hard emailer or instant message user, there will be times on your visit to a French-speaking country when you'll want to post something - a postcard, a long love-letter-to-the-one-you-left-behind-and-finally-decided-you-do-love, or some small parcels to your family. It's easy to learn the essential phrases for posting items, and going to the post office is an excellent way to practise speaking French.

Method 1
Asking for directions to the Post Office

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    Getting to the post office requires knowledge of asking directions. Learn these phrases:
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    Is there a post office around here? - Savez-vous s'il y a une poste par ici ?
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    Where is the nearest post box? - Où est la boîte à lettres la plus proche ?
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    Where can I buy some stamps? - Où puis-je acheter des timbres?
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Method 2
Postal questions

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    Once inside the post office, there are some common questions that you will probably want to ask. Learn these phrases:
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    How much is a stamp for Australia? - Il faut mettre un timbre à combien pour l'Australie ?
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    I want to post this to England. - C'est pour envoyer en Angleterre.
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    How long will it take to arrive? - Ça va prendre combien de temps pour arriver ?
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    When does the last post go? - Quelle est l'heure de la dernière levée ?
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    Do you mind posting it for me? - Pourriez-vous le mettre à la poste pour moi ?
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Tips

  • Note that there is a single gap between the end of a sentence and the question mark or exclamation mark when writing French.
  • Adding "please" will always benefit you! It is s'il vous plaît.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic conversational knowledge of French

Warnings

  • If you don't really know French, learning these phrases alone may be inadequate, as you may be asked questions in French to which you may not be able to answer. Hence, it helps to go to a post office where English (or another language you know) is also spoken, so you have something to resort to, lest you are asked something in French to which you cannot respond in French.

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