Chatterbox #56 – Who’s got mail?

Before we had e-mail, the popular way to exchange written messages was by sending letters through snail mail. Canada’s postal service recently went through a period when they weren’t delivering mail, which inspired us to create this episode. We talk about traditional mail versus e-mail too, as well as Harp’s grandparents’ letters from India and Maura’s pen pal in England.

Expressions included in the learning materialse-mail

  • Snail mail
  • A strike
  • Sick days
  • To walk off
  • The bargaining table
  • To be backed up
  • Junk mail and bills
  • A rule of thumb
  • Paperless
  • Back in the day
  • Pen pals

Sample transcript

Harp: So you met him on the Internet, and then you guys become pen pals and used traditional snail mail. Then you met in real life and then now you met again, years later, using Facebook.
Maura:  Yup. It’s pretty cool.
Harp: That’s a very cool story.
Maura: Yeah, it was fun. And it’s always fun to meet people from different places and exchange with them and get to know people. I like that.
Harp: Yeah. I had pen pals when I was young but they were always living somewhere far and I never wrote to them for a long time. I never met any of my pen pals. That’s very cool.
Maura: Yeah, yeah, it was fun.

english PodcastAudio/Learning Materials: Culips