Brazilian Post Office example: gostaria de enviar um cartão-postal.

Hello hello! In our Dica today we will learn a bit about the Brazilian Post Office and how to say post office in Portuguese.

The Post Office in Portuguese

The post office is a public service to mail letters, postcards, documents or other mail.

When you were younger did you used to send letters to your friends and family? If you didn’t, you really missed out. It was exciting sending and receiving letters! Much more exciting than receiving an e-mail :P! Now we usually use the post office to send other things, right? So, let’s take a look at the vocabulary for using the post office in Portuguese:

A agência de correio Post office
O caixa Cashier
A carta Letter
Os cartões postais Postcards
O pacote ou a encomenda Package 
O envelope Envelope
Os selos Stamps
O carteiro Postman
O CEP Zip code / Post code
O remetente Sender
O destinatário Receiver
O CPF CPF (ID number for national tax contributions)
Tirar o CPF  Register for a CPF 
Entregar a carta/ o pacote Deliver the letter/ package
Retirar o pacote ou a encomenda Pick up the package
A entrega rápida Fast delivery
A caixa de correio The mailbox

Dialogue in a Brazilian Post Office

Let’s take a look at a dialogue in a Brazilian post office. This will help you know how to speak and act in the post office. Also, it will help you to think about certain considerations which necessary when sending something through the mail. In the dialogue below we will see how to send something at the Post Office in Brazil:

Atendente: Bom dia! Posso ajudar?
João: Bom dia! Gostaria de enviar este cartão-postal para os Estados Unidos e este documento para a Alemanha.
Atendente: Sim, claro! O senhor pode preencher este formulário com o nome e o endereço do remetente e o nome e o endereço do destinatário, por favor.
João: Assim está bem?
Atendente: Perfeito. Só precisa assinar aqui embaixo.
João: Quanto tempo leva para chegar lá?
Atendente: O senhor quer enviar de avião ou de navio?
João: Não sei, depende do tempo e do preço.
Atendente: Se o senhor enviar de navio, uns três meses. De avião, uma semana, mais ou menos.
João: De avião é mais rápido, mas de navio é mais barato, não é?
Atendente: Isso mesmo, senhor!
João: Acho que vou enviar de navio então.
Atendente: Certo. São 25 reais.
João: Obrigado!

Translation of the dialogue

Teller: Good morning! May I help you?
João: Good morning! I would like to send this postcard to the United States and this document to Germany.
Teller: Yes, of course! You can fill out this form with the name and address of the sender and the name and address of the receiver please.
João: Is this ok?
Teller: Perfect. All you need is to do is sign here below.
João: How long does it take to get there?
Teller: Do you want to send it by air or by sea?
João: I don’t know, it depends on the time and price.
Teller: If you send it by ship, around three months. By plane, one week, give or take.
João: By air is faster, but by sea is cheaper, isn’t it?
Teller: That’s right, Sir!
João: I think I will send it by sea then.
Teller: Right. That will be 25 reais.
João: Thank you!

Vocabulary from the Dialogue in a Post office in Portuguese

Posso ajudar? May I help?
Gostaria Would like
Enviar Send
Cartão-postal Postcard
Documento Document
Preencher Fill out
Formulário Form
Nome Name
Endereço Address
Remetente Sender
Destinatário Receiver
Por favor Please
Assinar Sign
Quanto tempo leva? How long does it take?
De avião By air (plane)
De navio By sea (ship)
Preço Price
Uma semana One week
Rápido Fast
Barato Cheap
Obrigado Thank you

All good, people?
Now that we know how to send a document at a Brazilian Post Office, how about we practice by sending some postcards to our friends? To do that in Brazil, all you need to do is to go to the nearest post office.

Did you know that a lot of our students who have learned Portuguese in Brazil send us postcards when they return home? Come study with us and be a part of our postcard family too!

We’ll see you in our next Dica!
Kisses from Rio de Janeiro!

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