Culture(s) / Telling about your journey

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Telling about your holidays by message is easy! But there are some rules. Here are some of them.
In your country, in your culture, do people talk about their holidays to their family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours? How? Do you send messages via an instant messaging application (WhatsApp, Signal, Discord, WeChat...) ? Or do you use other social networks? Do you send group or individual messages? Are there any codes for writing messages?
There are no conventions for messaging about your holiday, but there are some elements that are often found, for example, here on WhatsApp.

1. Greetings: “bonjour” (formal), “salut !”, “coucou !” (informal)
Conversation sur WhatsApp

2. The place where you are: by writing: “je suis en vacances dans un endroit de rêve, au bord de la mer”, “je me repose à la campagne...”, etc., or by adding a picture.
Messagerie WhatsApp et photo de Strasbourg

3. Activities during the holidays: “Je lis, je me promène, je vais à la plage.”, etc.
4. Saying goodbye: you end with a greeting: « à bientôt », « à très vite », « je pense bien à vous », « à plus », « à toute » (familier) et/ou d'affection : « je t'embrasse », « bises », « bisous »), etc.

Sometimes you can add emoticons to illustrate a part of the message or to express an emotion.

The messages are often short and simple, but you can also:
1. Say how you are (physically and/or morally): “Je vais très bien, on est en pleine forme, on s’ennuie. ”, etc. 
2. Talk about the weather: « il fait beau, chaud ; il fait un temps splendide, épouvantable ; il pleut ; le ciel est toujours bleu.», etc. 
3. Announce when you are coming back: “Je reviens le 20.

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Culture(s): telling about your trip

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