I do not find the default “mail” program in Linux is not user-friendly.
Hence, I would suggest another console e-mail application.
Two applications come to mind, pine and elm.
I’m picking pine as I have slightly more familiarity with it and I think it is more user-friendly than elm.
Pine is a proprietary application owned by University of Washington. So I am picking to install the open-source version of this application call Alpine. To install Alpine type the following command:
$ sudo apt-get install alpine
After the installation has complete, type the following command to run it: