Re: Greetings from France
Hello Saoirse and welcome to WAP. You pose many questions, which I will try to answer. First of all, your English. It may not be perfect, but it is delightful. If I were an inmate I would think that it was great fun to help you to learn it better. However, you do have to be prepared to run into some who are very poorly educated. So they may not be able to even write English, themselves, let alone help your with yours. As for the electronic music devices, many prisons do not allow them to be sent into the prison by outsiders. They worry, constantly, about drugs and other contraband being sent in. So, it is easier to send them money, so that they can buy their own. But, don't offer money right away. Many of them are con artists and they will go to great lengths to convince you how poor they are. So, wait until you have gotten to know your new friend before you send them money, or stamps. The only thing might be small amounts of money for postage, which they can purchase in the prison mail room.
As for them responding, you never know. Some might respond immediately, while others may look at the cost of sending mail, to France, and deciding not to do it. The other thing is that it might take quite a while for their mail to get over seas. So, you will have to be patient.
Again (as I go down your list of questions), I wouldn't worry about sending them American stamps. It would be easier to send them a small amount of money and let them buy them themselves. But, I would be hesitant to offer the money up front. Wait until you get to know them better.
The other thing is, if you don't hear from one, withing a month or two, try another. I know that there are a lot of guys who would give their right arm to hear from a nice French gal. Good luck with everything and Happy Writing. :-)
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