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Pen pals (or penpals or pen friends) are people who regularly write to each other, particularly via postal mail. A British pillar box The postal system is a system by which written documents typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages containing other matter, are delivered to destinations around the world. ...


Purposes

A penpal relationship often used to practice writing and reading in a foreign language, improving literacy, to learn more about other countries and life-styles, and to ameliorate loneliness. As with any friendships in life, some people remain penpals for only a short time, while others continue to exchange letters and presents life-long. Some penpals eventually arrange to meet face to face. A foreign language is a language not spoken by the indigenous people of a certain place: for example, English is a foreign language in Japan. ... World literacy rates by country The traditional definition of literacy is considered to be the ability to read and write, or the ability to use language to read, write, listen, and speak. ...


Penpals come in all ages, nationalities and cultures. Pals may seek new penfriends based on their own age group, a specific occupation, hobby, or select someone totally different from them to gain knowledge about the world around them. Being part of a penpal network can be a way to gain a valuable understanding of the world, and an appreciation for cultures and lifestyles very different to your own.


Many people writing to a penpal are not using their native language in their letters. Native Language Music, founded in 1996 by musicians Joe Sherbanee and Theo Bishop, is an independent adult contemporary record company based in Southern California that produces, markets, and distributes premium jazz, world, and new age music. ...


A modern variation on the traditional penpal arrangement is to have a keypal and exchange email addresses as well as or instead of paper letters. This has the advantage of saving money and being more immediate, allowing many messages to be exchanged in a short period of time. The disadvantage is that the communication can be very ephemeral if the email messages are not routinely saved. Many people prefer to receive paper letters, gaining the satisfaction of seeing their name carefully printed on a thick envelope in the letterbox. Using postal mail, it is possible to trade postcards, stamps and anything else light and flat enough to fit inside an envelope, often called "tuck-ins". E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... A British pillar box The postal system is a system by which written documents typically enclosed in envelopes, and also small packages containing other matter, are delivered to destinations around the world. ... For the record label, see Postcard Records. ... A selection of Hong Kong postage stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ...


Penpal clubs can be found on the Internet, in magazine columns, newspapers, and sometimes through clubs or special interest groups. Some people are looking for romantic interests, while others just want to find friends. It seems, on the internet, that the term "pen pals" defines those looking for relationships, where pen pals originated via postal mail correspondences and has evolved to mean something more. Penpals also make and pass around friendship books, slams and crams. Friendship books (also known as FBs in their abbreviated form) are small booklets made by stapling paper together, or are sometimes just sheets or strips of paper. ...


In recent years, penpal correspondence with prison inmates has gained acceptance on the Internet. Most pen pal newsletters do not publish prison pen pal ads because these communications require more caution, not simple friendships. Prison penpal sites are proactive, though, in offering full disclosure of inmates' crimes and providing advice for would be pen pals.


Organizations

Many penpals meet each other through organizations that bring people together for this purpose.


Organisations can be split into 3 main categories. Free, Partial Subscription and Subscription based clubs. Free clubs are usually funded by advertising and profiles are not reviewed, whereas subscription based clubs will usually not contain any advertising and will have an administrator approving profiles to the database.


The Australian author Geraldine Brooks wrote a memoir entitled Foreign Correspondence, (1997) about her childhood, which was enriched by her exchanges of letters with other children both in Australia and overseas and her travels as an adult in search of the people they had become. Geraldine Brooks is an Australian author, who grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney. ... As a literary genre, a memoir (from the Latin memoria, meaning memory) forms a subclass of autobiography, although it is an older form of writing. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Back in the 1970s, syndicated children's television program Big Blue Marble often invited viewers to write to them for their own pen pal. Big Blue Marble was a 1970s childrens television show that taught its viewers about lifestyles of children throughout the world. ...


On another children's TV show, Pee-wee's Playhouse, Pee-wee Herman would often receive pen pal letters. This article contains a trivia section. ... Paul Reubens as Pee Wee Herman. ...


At the 1964/1965 World's Fair in New York, the Parker Pen pavilion provided a computer pen pal matching service. This service was officially terminated by the Parker Pen Corporation in 1967. The computer system and database used for this service was not sold or taken over by any other organization.


In the Peanuts comic strip from the 1960s/1970s, Charlie Brown tries to write to a penpal using a fountain pen (as ballpoint pens did not exist back then) but after several literally "botched" attempts, Charlie switches to using a pencil and referring to his penpal as his "pencil-pal", with his first letter to his "pencil-pal" explaining the reason for the name change. Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulzs death). ...


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Pen pals (or penpals or pen friends) are people who regularly write to each other, particularly via postal mail.
Pals may seek new penfriends based on their own age group, a specific occupation, hobby, or select someone totally different from them to gain knowledge about the world around them.
Another is International Pen Friends, established in 1967, which serves people of all ages.
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