Jose wants to send a package to his mother in Brazil. He asks his son Sebastian what would be the best way to send it as quick as possible.
Hey Sebastian, you know your grandma’s birthday is coming in 10 days.
Right…are you saying that you haven’t sent her a birthday gift yet?
Well, yes…I was a bit busy. Do you think we can still send her something before her birthday?
Let me do some research on the Internet.
OK, dad, the Japan Post Service says on its website that the package from Tokyo could arrive in Brazil in 4 days by EMS and in 9 days by regular airmail. This is just an estimate, but it looks like we can make it by her birthday if we use EMS.
It’s amazing that they could reach the other side of the earth so fast!
It says that EMS is one of the fastest international delivery services in the world. You can check the delivery status on the website, and it also includes insurance for up to 2 million yen. It is more expensive than regular surface mail and airmail though.
Money doesn’t matter this time. I just want the quickest way possible. Do you think they can come and pick up the package at home?
Yeah, you just need to call them. Well, I am writing a birthday card for her so that we can send it together with the present.
Great. That will make your grandma really happy.
Jose just confirmed on the website that the package safely reached his mother Francisca in Brazil. He makes an international phone call to her.
Thank you so much for sending me a beautiful dress, Jose. I really enjoyed reading the card from Sebastian too.
I wish I could have visited you in Brazil to celebrate your birthday. We are always thinking about you, mom. I’ll let you talk to Sebastian.
Hi grandma, happy birthday!
Thank you, Sebastian!
Grandma, I was wondering if I could come visit you with my Japanese friend during college summer break.
Of course, you are more than welcome. Are you bringing your girlfriend, I suppose?
Oh, no, it’s not a girlfriend, unfortunately. But he is really a good guy, and we have been best friends. I am teaching him Portuguese now.
That’s wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing you and your friend soon.