The ultimate informal letter writing guide


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The ultimate informal letter writing guide

  1. 1. An introduction
  2. 2. What is an informal letter? What is an Informal English letter? An informal letter is a letter that is written in a personal fashion. You can write an informal English letters to relatives or friends, but also to other people with whom you have a personal/informal way of interacting. This can also be with Business partners that address you in a personal and friendly manner. In a lot of countries there are of course different ways of doing this. Here only the English and the American way is addressed
  3. 3. What elements does the letter include? Address Date Opening Text / Body / Content Closing / End Signature
  4. 4. Text / Body or Content When writing an informal letter in English you should use personal/friendly language. However, it remains important to adjust your use of language to the person you are writing to. A good way of assessing how you should write is thinking about how you would interact with each other in real life. Another thing, the English and the Americans are fond of exchanging some social niceties. So they like asking a few polite questions etc. They are in general not so direct as most Europeans.
  5. 5. In the first paragraph of your body you state your reason of writing. In the second and following paragraphs you say what you have promised to say in the first paragraph. And in the final paragraphs you make some concluding remarks.
  6. 6. Opening of an informal letter in English How to address someone in English? This is fairly straight forward. It is usually not of the same importance as with a business or formal letter, but it still is relevant. There are a few things that you should know about how to address someone properly in an informal letter. First of all, in England there is not . behind Mr., but in American letters there is. Secondly, you should know that women are addressed with Mrs. when they are married, and with Ms. when they are not.
  7. 7. Examples of how to open an informal letter in English This heavily depends on how well you know the person in question. You should carefully consider your relationship with the person concerned. You could simply say: Hi Richard, but it is always safer to just say Dear Richard,. Never forget the comma!
  8. 8. Opening Sentences for an informal letter in English Examples of opening sentences Opening sentences of an Informal letter should be casual. Not so stiff as in Business letters. For examples of more formal opening sentences you should check out my business letter article. How are you? How have you been? How is life treating you? How are the kids? I hope you are doing well I hope you, Mike and the kids are having a great time in ...
  9. 9. Ending an informal letter in English Examples of closing sentences - how to end an informal letter in English? I am looking forward to seeing you, I can't wait to see you soon, I can't wait to hear from you, I am looking forward to hearing from you, I hope to be hearing from you soon, See you soon, Send my love to .. I hope you are doing well, Give my regards to..,
  10. 10. Signature Here you can be pretty free in your choice of ending your letter. Here are some examples of a signature for an informal letter in English Best wishes, Kind regards, Best regards, Lots of love, Love,
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