Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Culture: the postcard conventions

Regardez la carte postale et consultez l'aide, puis choisissez la bonne réponse.
Look at the postcard, check the help section and choose the correct answer.
Choisissez la réponse dans le menu déroulant Help on how to respond the exercice
1. The postcard often starts with the greeting (Chers amis)|the weather (Il fait beau)|words to express affection (Bises)

2. The postcard ends with the signature (Émilie Deneyelle)|location (L’autre bout du monde)|mood (Je vis un voyage de rêve)

3. The casual or personal sign-off can be replaced with a formal closing line (Au plaisir de vous rencontrer)|asking for news (Comment vas-tu ?)|giving news about one's physical health (Je vais très bien)
nbOk item (s) out of nb selected correctly
Watch out !
Well done !
Conception: Geneviève Briet, Université catholique de Louvain
Published on 02/12/2017 - Modified on 06/07/2018

Culture(s) / Postcard writing conventions

In your country, in your culture, do you write postcards? Do you always send a postcard when you're on holiday away from home? Who do you send a postcard to? To an older family member, to friends, to neighbours? Can you send a card to say thank you? What are the postcard writing conventions in your culture?   In French-speaking countries, there are a few classic elements that are more or less always used, as you can see in Émilie's postcard to TV5MONDE. 1. Date: the day, the month (spelled out), the year. 2. Greeting: "Chers amis, Chère maman, Chers vous tous, Salut (Sophie)" [Dear friends, Dear mother, Dear you all, Hi (Sophie)], always followed by a comma or possibly an exclamation mark for "Salut". 3. You specify the place where you are: "Nous sommes en vacances dans un endroit de rêve, au bord de la mer, on se repose à la campagne, je suis aux sports d’hiver dans les Grisons, etc." [We are on vacation in a dream place, by the sea, resting in the countryside, I am skiing in the Grisons, etc.] 4. You say how you are (physical fitness and/or mood): " Je vais très bien, nous sommes en pleine forme, cela fait beaucoup de bien, on s’ennuie, etc." [I'm fine, we're in great shape, it feels very good, we're bored, etc.] 5. You write about what you're doing / you did, you let people know about your usual schedule while on holiday: " On lit, on se promène, on se baigne tout le temps, la gastronomie locale est formidable, etc." [We read, we go for walks, we go swimming all the time, the local cuisine is amazing, etc.]6. You talk about the weather: "Il fait beau, chaud, un temps splendide, épouvantable, il pleut, le ciel est toujours bleu, etc." [The weather is nice, it's warm, beautiful weather, terrible weather, it's raining, the sky is always blue, etc.] 7. Announcing when you're coming back: "À bientôt, on rentre le 10, on se retrouve à la fête de Tante Henriette, à plus, etc." [See you soon, we'll be back on the 10th, we'll meet at Aunt Henriette's party, see you later, etc.] 8. Personal closing line: "Affectueusement, tendrement, je t’embrasse bien fort, bises, bisous, etc." [Affectionately, tenderly, lots of love, hugs and kisses, etc."] 9. Signature: First name

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