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背景提示

Some companies in China use company stamps, which are basically the equivalent of postage meters in the West, except that they are more personalized for each company. Western companies depend on letterheads to identify their envelopes and correspondence.

有些中国的公司用自己的邮戳来寄信。 这和西方的某些公司自己的简便邮票相似,只是这些邮票更加有公司个性的体现。西方的公司大多依据信纸的台头来把自己的信件和其它公司的区分开来。

重点句型

1. I would like to buy some stamps, please. 我想买些邮票。

2. I want to send this letter to China, by air mail. 我想把这封信航空邮到中国。

3. I would like to mail this package. 我想把这包裹给寄了。

4. How many stamps do I need? 我需要多少邮票?

5. How long will this letter take to get there? 这封信需要多长时间到那儿?

6. Can you weigh this for me? 你能帮我称称这(包裹)吗?

7. I would like to send this by registered mail, please. 我想把这封信挂号寄出。

8. How much do stamps cost? 邮票多少钱?

9. How much does it weigh? 它多重?

10. Where can I pick up my package? 我在那儿领取包裹?

本课学习提示:

So you have to send something using the postal service, do you? Do like Sandra did, and use Modern English to talk to the postal clerk!

你必须用邮电系统来送出你的东西,是吧?那么像Sandra那样,用一些现代英语来和邮局工作人员谈话。

Need to mail anything?

See how to communicate your needs!

需要寄什么吗?

看看怎样表达你的需要?

文化差异

Many Western companies use postage meters for convenience. Cost per letter is the same as using postage stamps, but you only need to go to the Post Office once in a while. You pay for the mail you've sent, and the Post Office resets your meter.

在西方国家,很多公司为了方便而使用邮资记数器。每封信的邮资和使用邮票是一样的,但是你只需要隔一段时间去一趟邮局为你在这段时间内邮寄的所有信件付清邮资就可以了。

English Text

What: Dealing with the mail system

Who: Do you want to mail anything?

Where: At the Post Office, naturally

When: You're sending something by mail

Why: So you can find out how much, how fast

Sandra goes to the Post Office to buy stamps for the letter she has just written. It's really not so different from what she is used to back home!

Clerk: Good afternoon, Miss. How can I help you?

Sandra: Hi, I would like to buy some stamps, please.

Clerk: Sure thing! What are you sending?

Sandra: I want to send this letter to China, by air mail. Can you tell me how many stamps I need?

Clerk: (takes the letter and weighs it) That will be $2.10.

Sandra: (gives the money) How long will this letter take to get there?

Clerk: About a week. If you'd like faster service, it will cost you more.

Sandra: No, a week is fine this time. How fast could a letter get there if I was in a rush?

Clerk: You could get express delivery, but that's much more expensive, and still takes about 3 days.

Sandra: I see. Well, thanks for your time.

Clerk: No trouble. Have a good day.

中文翻译

What: 处理邮递事宜

Who: 你想寄东西吗?

Where: 自然是在邮局了

When: 你正在寄东西

Why: 你就可以弄清楚邮费和所需时间

Sandra 刚写完一封信,她来到邮局买了些邮票准备把它寄出去。这和她所习惯的中国邮寄方式并没有太大的区别。

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