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  • Hello. Have you ever had to write a letter?

  • Do you remember that? Long long time ago, before e-mail

  • Before text messaging and before the internet.

  • People used to correspond or speak to each other, communicate through mail and letters.

  • When I was a child, that had a couple of pen pals in Scotland.

  • And they write me letters. Oh so exciting.

  • Now, we don't have to be bother with that because we have email and internet.

  • But if you have to send someone a letter or package,

  • the addresses and the way we write addresses in Canada and in the United States

  • Are probably very different from how they written in your country.

  • So this lesson isdah dah dah dah

  • how to write an address. How to mail a letter.

  • So there are two differences between American and Canadian addresses which we will go through in the video.

  • But they are really similar. So it shouldn't be a problem.

  • The very first thing you need is a name.

  • Do you know your name? perfect.

  • You need to put a person's name that you're sending it to very very formally,

  • cause I told you this is an old fashion kind of thing.

  • You had to have the title of the person.

  • The title means either mr., mrs., ms., or miss.

  • Mister is always going to be for a man.

  • It doesn't matter if the man is married, not married,

  • if it's a five year-old man or if it's a five thousand year-old man.

  • Shouldn't be writing him a letter.

  • You are going to put in mister.

  • For the ladies, it gets a little bit more complicated.

  • If the woman that you are sending the letter or package to is married,

  • you're going to have to put mistress. M-R-S.

  • So this is for married lady.

  • If the person is single or very young,

  • like a young girl or child, a girl-child?

  • You are going to have to put miss.

  • So this is for single or we last.

  • And then we have ms.

  • The pronunciation is like mizz.

  • And ms. Maybe you don't know this person, maybe you haven't met the person.

  • You don't know if they're married or not. You don't know how old they are.

  • So you're just going to put ms.

  • The all. And all of everything.

  • So man is mr. and then you have the three choices for the ladys.

  • Ms. Being the most safe, the safest for your bet.

  • Okay. So then what you're going to do is you need to know where the people live.

  • Where do you live? What's your address? You need to get the person's address.

  • So in Canada, we always write the person's house number, the building number.

  • For example, 42.

  • Then we have the name of the street that they live on.

  • For example, Queef.

  • Sometime, we have avenue which is shorten to ave.

  • Sometime, we call a street a drive which is shorten to dr.

  • St. is the short form for actually street.

  • And then, we have this blud. Boulevard. Which is another word for street.

  • So in north America, all of these symbols which represent for street. Okay.

  • Maybe your person that you're sending to lives in apartment

  • or they do not live in an individual house.

  • No problem. What you're gonna do is you're gonna put the apartment number.

  • So 42 is the number of the building or the house.

  • The street is Queef Dr.

  • And this person lives in unit 2A.

  • or sometime it's call apartment.

  • Some houses is separated to upper and lower apartment.

  • Or, sometime, people like to be fancy and call it a suite.

  • But basically, these all means the same. They just tell you the number that the person lives in.

  • No problems. So up until this point this is gonna be the same with Canadian and American addresses.

  • Now, this is how it differs. In Canada, we always have the cities that you're going to.

  • We do not have states in Canada. We have a province. And then you're gonna put the country.

  • In the United States of the America, we're gonna put the city and the state.

  • Basically, the city and the state. Sorry the province and the state are the same thing.

  • Except, in Canada, we used the word province for territory.

  • And in United States of America, they use states.

  • Then after you're gonna put the country.

  • So I have, for example, city is Toronto.

  • The province in Canada is Ontario.

  • And the country is Canada.

  • If it was an American address, for example, you'll have Elizabeth would be the name of the city.

  • NJ. Stands for the state of New Jersey.

  • And then we have USA. The United States of America. Got it?

  • And then we have in Canada. What we called the postal code. The postal code will always have

  • One, two, three, four, five, six. Six characters.

  • It will be always letter, number, letter number, letter, number. This does not change.

  • This is once again, in Canada called postal code.

  • In USA, it's different. They call it zip code. A zip code. I don't know why.

  • The zip code has one, two, three, four, five. Only five numbers.

  • So, very famous television show 90210 is actually the zip code. Isn't that cool?

  • Do you watch 90210? It's a zip code.

  • So differences between sending letter to or an address in America and differences between Canada.

  • Two. Canada, we use provinces. United States, they use a state.

  • Canada, we use a postal code. And then, United States they use a zip code.

  • So let's go to a little example of an envelope. Exciting.

  • You gonna go to the post office.

  • And you're gonna have to buy stamp.

  • You buy lick it, stick it, Done.

  • So this is an example of a Canadian address.

  • We have our name Mr. Phil McKracken. We have his address.

  • 42, Queef Dr. apartment 2, Toronto, Ont

  • We like to shorten all of our provinces. To say, ont.

  • Then have the country of Canada. Then I have my postal code. Okay.

  • The magic thing about the postal code or the zip code is this tells people exactly where's it going.

  • Because sometime people have the really bad hand writing. And this might all be a blur.

  • But as long as you have the code or the number.

  • It will be really really easy to get to the location.

  • As long as you buy stamp.

  • As the example for the American letter,

  • again, we have the name ,the address with the street. Apartment number.

  • We have this city, the state, and then we have the country.

  • And of course, we have the five digi zip code.

  • One more really important thing on your letter.

  • Is you're going to want to put a return address.

  • The return address means your address.

  • Just in case, the letter doesn't make it.

  • All of our postal system in Canada is terrible, it's awful.

  • It can take five days for me to send a letter in the same city.

  • They lose mail. They forget to mail it. It's horrible.

  • I recommend driving somewhere instead of sending a post in Canada.

  • But if it must be done, you're gonna put your return address on the top left corner.

  • Of the envelope. The stamp should be actually right here.

  • Your return address should be here.

  • And you can write this in whatever the style you want. Whatever you're from.

  • Make sure you put on your secret number.

  • And then, the recipient address is here.

  • If you want to send me a letter, do you want to send me a letter?

  • It will take too long. How about you write me a comment.

  • Go to engvid.com. take the quiz.

  • We'll see you soon.

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