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Phrases for postcards

When English people go to other countries they like to write postcards to their family and friends back in the UK. Here are ten phrases that we often use on postcards.

Ten Expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing

  1. We're having a lovely / great time.
  2. We're thinking of you.
  3. The weather's been lovely / gorgeous.
  4. It's our third day in (Majorca).
  5. We're flying back on the (5th).
  6. We've only got three days to go.
  7. I've caught the sun a bit.
  8. Don't think much of the food.
  9. Say hello to (the kids).
  10. Wish you were here.

How To Use These Phrases In Your English

  1. We use phrase 1 very often - even if the holiday isn't very good.
  2. When we use phrase 2 it is probably only true while we are writing. If you think about the person a lot, say 'we've been thinking about you'.
  3. Phrase 3 really means 'the weather is better than UK weather'. The English often write about the weather when they have nothing else to say.
  4. Phrases 4, 5 and 6 are all talking about the length of the holiday. It probably isn't a very good holiday if the writer is already talking about going home.
  5. Phrase 7 probably means that the writer fell asleep in the sun and is now bright red - the colour of a lobster.
  6. It may surprise you, but the English prefer their food to the food in other countries. We often write phrase 8 on postcards.
  7. Phrases 8 and 10 have no subject. We often write like this on postcards because we only have little space and the reader knows who the subject of the sentence is.
  8. We often write phrase 10 on postcards. It means that we feel sad that the reader is back in cold wet Britain and we want her / him to be on holiday with us.