At the Post Office

It’s easy enough to just ask for a stamp at the post office, “I would like to buy 1 stamp, please.” But, what if you have bigger needs for your post office visit? Here are some things you might say at the post office.

Can I have a book (roll) of stamps? In the past if you wanted to buy a lot of stamps, you could buy a roll. These are more outdated now that most stamps in the United States are stickers. Nowdays, if you want to buy a large amount of stamps you can buy a book of stamps.

Can I buy some ‘forever’ stamps? During the last few years the cost of a stamp has gone up every May, by a penny. The United States Post Office made some stamps that are forever the correct price of mailing an envelope in the United States. These are the types of stamps I would buy unless I wanted special stamps, like Christmas stamps or some with pretty flowers.

How much does it cost to mail this package? There are several different methods of shipping at the post office. You have Media Mail for mailing books. Then, there is parcel post, which is cheap, but slow. There are other options too, but the fastest is next-day which costs an arm and a leg (saying something costs an arm and a leg means it costs a lot).

Do you have prepaid boxes? Prepaid boxes – boxes you can buy that cost the same amount to ship no matter how much you pack into them – are quite handy. If you can fit it in, you can ship it for a set price. I often come out ahead when using these boxes.

Can I buy insurance for that? You can insure anything you mail as long as you pay for the insurance. It’s not really too expensive, and often worth the extra money.

Some Slang for the Soul

I love teaching English and helping people learn a new language since learning foreign languages is my favorite pastime.  What I love even more is teaching slang!!!  I’ve decided to dedicate Wednesdays (even though today is Thursday, I’ll be doing it on Wednesdays in the future) to teaching you all some slang phrases.  Here are a few that I’ve used a lot in the last few days:


This means to lurk or linger.
Why are the students lollygagging in front of the school when they should be in class?


This is simliar to lollygag.
“Stop your dilly-dallying and come and eat breakfast!” she said to her son. (Yes, I say this all of the time to my own son.)

get your act together

This meants to get organized with what you are doing. It is a bit negative to say to someone.
“Get your act together, we need to leave now,” Sally said to Mark.

5 ways to say I’m nervous

Here are five unique ways to say I’m nervous in English. Of course they all have a slight difference in meaning, but all convey similar meanings.

1. Anxious

I’m anxious about hearing the results of my test.

2. Freaked out

I’m totally freaked out about going to the party tonight. This is slang and can also mean that you are scared.

3. Pins and needles

I’m on pins and needles waiting to see if I’m pregnant.

4. Butterflies in my tummy (belly or stomach)

Sally walked into the classroom for the first time and felt butterflies in her tummy.

5. Bundle of nerves

After talking to that handsome boy, I’m just a bundle of nerves!