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Letter writing is an important skill to develop. Written communication in both the formal and personal matters is crucial and so it is necessary to develop a skill for letter writing . Here we will focus on how to effectively write informal letters, and tips to improve our efforts. Let us get started.
Informal letters are written to close acquaintances of the writer, their friends, family, relatives, etc. Since they are written to close relations the letters have an informal and personal tone. Casual language is used while writing informal letters. And sometimes the letters may even have an emotional undertone.
Informal letters are mainly used for personal communication . So they do not have to follow any specific pattern, format or conventions. They can be written as per the writer’s wishes and the requirement of the situation. So the letter is written in a personal fashion in casual unassuming language.
(An Example of an Informal Letter)
Format of Informal Letter
As we discussed earlier there is no set format when writing an informal letter. But there is a general pattern, some conventions that people usually follow. We will be looking at this pattern and certain tips on how to write effective and attractive informal letters. These can act as guidelines when you are drafting a letter, they are not hard and fast rules. Let us begin.
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The first thing to write is your address, i.e. the address of the writer. We usually write the address on the left-hand side of the page at the very top. The address should be accurate and complete. Even when writing to close friends or relatives the address must be written, so they can reply back to the letter with ease. If the recipient of the letter is in another country, do not forget to write your country as well in the address.
Next just below the address we write the date. This allows the reader to have a reference as to when the address was written. He can then relate better to the contents of the letter.
Now since you know the person you are writing to, the greeting can be informal as well. If it is a friend or someone close to your age you can greet them by their first name, like “Dear Alex”. If you are writing to your relative like your mother/father/aunt/uncle etc, you may greet them as such, for example, “Dear Mom”. And if you are writing to an elder person, someone you respect greatly you can address them as Mr or Mrs. Like say for example you were writing a congratulatory letter to your teacher, it can be addressed as “Dear Mrs. Alex”.
And now we begin writing the actual letter. The introductory paragraph sets the tone for the whole letter. You might begin by asking the recipient about their well being. Or you may say that you hope the letter finds them in good health and great spirits. The opening of informal letters should be casual and comforting. It must not be formal and direct as in business letters .
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Body of the Letter
The letter overall should maintain a friendly tone. But you have to adjust the language and the wordings according to who you are writing to. With a friend, you can afford to be very casual and flippant even. But if you are writing to an elder relative, you must be extremely respectful and considerate.
One way to determine the tonality of your letter is to remember how you talk to the person in a conversation. And then apply the same syntax and sentiments to the letter.
In the conclusive paragraph sum up the reason for writing the letter, i.e. summarize the letter. Say a meaningful and affectionate goodbye to the reader. And do not forget to invite the reader to write back or reply to your letter. It shows an intention to keep the conversation going.
There is no one way to sign off informal letters. Since they do not follow a strict format, you may sign off as you please. Some commonly used phrases are
- Lots of Love
- Best Wishes,
- Kind Regards,
Pick the one that best suits the occasion and then simply sign your name below the greeting.
Writing a Formal Letter? Learn the correct format of formal letter here .
Solved Example for You
Q: Hannah had stayed at a friend’s house for a week, but she left a briefcase there, which had several important documents in it. In a letter to her friend, Jeremy Simmons, she asks him to send her the briefcase as soon as possible. Which of the following would be a suitable closure for the letter?
- Yours Faithfully
- Yours Sincerely
- Warm Regards
- All of the above
Ans: The correct answer is C. When writing a letter to a friend, we end it with a closing that expresses the friendly nature of your relationship. Hence “Warm Regards” is the correct option as it does so. The other two options lack the emotional connect and are strictly professional. They are better suited to formal letters.
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IELTS Letter to a Friend
by Gagan (Amritsar)
Informal IELTS Letters - Writing to a Friend
Your friend is thinking about learning to drive and would like some advice. Write a letter to your friend. - Say why a driving license is advantageous - Recommend a driving school - Give extra guidance/ tips Dear Albert I am glad to hear that you have decided to learn driving. The idea of learning to drive will definitely change your life. But firstly, you need to have driving license which can be a way round to remove all the restrictions to drive anywhere with freedom. You will be independent in handling routine tasks for instance office, shopping etc. Moreover it is a social and legal responsibility of being an ideal citizen. Secondly, you need to search a good driving school with supportive & experience instructors. I would like to recommend the Hall Driving School in the down town. I, myself, have learnt from this renowned driving school. All the instructors are well trained and experienced professionals. The medium of instructions include both theoretical as well as practical aspects. Moreover, you will also learn the traffic rules as well which are the foremost important in today’s life. To become proficient in all aspects you have to appear for an exam to test you knowledge of driving before obtaining license. I think, a two –week course will be sufficient for you to be perfect and clear the driving trust. I hope my advice will serve the purpose. Looking forward to hear from you. Love, Robert
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IELTS Letter - Selling a TV
by ADIL - [email protected] (Oman)
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain: 1. Why you are selling the television 2. Describe the television 3. Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it Hey my friend, how are you? I hope you're good. I sent these letter to you to inform you that I want to sell my T.V, so I thought I suppose to ask you first I you want to bay it. I bought a new T.V last week, it’s a new model that it came recently to the shops, it’s a smart T.V which means you can touch the screen as the smart phones. So, I think I don’t need for my old T.V because there is no space for it. Now here are some details about the old T.V perhaps you want to bay it. It’s an original one which had made by a very famous electronic company called LG, I think you know it. It has a built in receiver and DVD so you don’t need to buy them. Also it has to remotes, one for the receiver and other one for the DVD. You have the choice if you want it or not. I won’t ask to another person to buy it until I receive your answer. I’ll wait for until next Sunday which going to be the 3rd of March. Yours, Adil *** How good is this IELTS letter about selling a TV? You can provide feedback to this IELTS candidate below.
IELTS House Sitting Letter
by Vadim Klimenko (Baku)
Dear ielts buddy, please give feedback on my IELTS Task 1 General Training Letter A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • give contact details for when you are away • give instructions about how to care for your pet • describe other household duties ==================================== Dear Shamil, Thank you very much for confirming your readiness to take care of my house and dog. I really appreciate your help as it makes my trip much more comfortable. Please be informed that I will be in London till June 15th and you can call my UK cell number. In the mid of June I plan to fly to Chicago, so please send me a message via whatsapp if you have any question then. As I said earlier, it's required to walk with the dog, Sher, at least on early mornings and on evenings. You may take the dog to the small park near the Baku-Astrakhan friendship monument or to the boulevard if you have time for longer walk. The dog food is on the bottom shelf of the refrigirator. Please give no more than one can of the food per day to Sher. I also want to ask you to water all flowers twice per week. The only exception is the flower at the kitchen, which doesn't require water at all. In the case if you find any utility bill in the post-box, just place it on my table. Thanks again for agreeing to help me with these duties. I will be happy to do the same for you when you go for your holidays to Rio.
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Selling a Television
by Yumi (SP, Brazil)
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: - Explain why you are selling the television - Describe the television - Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it Dear John, 6 months ago I bought a brand new LG 42' LCD screen television since, at that time, I was moving to a new house and wanted all my stuff to be new: this TV was placed in my living room along with my new sound system. I had one TV and brought it with me, too, but I decided to put it in my room. That one is not so modern but it has wi-fi connection, so it suits my needs. It happens that all the expenses with my moving were beyond my plans and I ended up deciding to sell this new TV to make some extra money. When thinking about someone that could have it, you came to my mind. I remember that you were after a 4K TV with integrated wi-fi connection and lots of HDMI slots and mine does have all of that! Besides, it is so lightweight that even your little brother can carry it. I know you are around town this month, so why don’t you come over and have a look at it? I’ll be at home all day long on weekends. If you want to stop by on weekdays, just let me know. I can make it after 18PM if you wish. We can agree on a great price. Let me know what you think! Call me on my phone of text me. Mary. *** Please give me feedback on my letter
Help from a Friend Abroad
You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, - give details of your study plans - explain why you want to get a part-time job - suggest how your friend could help you find a job Dear Josh, Warm greetings from Nepal. I hope you are doing well. I am really happy to know about your promotion recently and wish you very best in your future endeavors. You would be happy to know that I have been accepted to southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the Masters in Marketing Research program. I am excited as well as concerned to take such a big step in my life, especially for the reason of funding. I have very limited funding available from my school - barely enough to stay - and thinking of looking for a part time job. I can earn for my food and other expenses and spend some during good-times when visiting your place. I was hoping if you could inquire in some of the stores nearby for job vacancies at your convenience. I will much appreciate your help and can't wait to see you soon. Warm Regards, Deeuce *** Can you provide this student with feedback on their letter to a freind? You can comment below.
Returning a Forgotten Item
You have just spent a week with a friend on holiday. When you got home you realized you left your wallet there. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: 1. Thank your friend for the holiday 2. Explain that you left your wallet in their house 3. Give them instructions of how to sent it back to you Hi Latha How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. Although it’s just been a week that we met, it feels like ages. I totally enjoyed the week spent with you and your family in New York. It was the best holiday that I have ever had and must say your kids are adorable. The time spent with them in the city park was so much fun. I can’t thank you enough for such an organized and fun filled holiday. Actually on returning home, I realized that I left my wallet in your house. I have been so careless recently and all my cards and work id is in that wallet So could you please courier it to my work address at the earliest since I recently shifted my apartment and is not sure with postal code yet. My work address is mentioned in the business card I gave you. Thank you so much again for such a memorable holiday and do visit us on your next vacation. Take care Aparna
Selling A Television
by Anshu (Bangalore)
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: - Explain why you are selling the television. - Describe the television. - Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it. Dear Suzana, Hope you are doing well, I am doing fine too. As you know i am moving abroad next month and there are lot of things at home which i do not want to take along with me. Television is one such item which i am planning to sale at cheaper & reasonable price. It is 40 inch sony TV with LED screen bought in year 2016, have all the latest features such USB port & internet connectivity, you can watch movies , music and can do lot of things. I’m leaving the country next month, which is only 4 weeks away, so let me know if you want to see it, it would be best to come on 20th or 21st. That will give me time to sell it elsewhere if you are not interested. Ok, I look forward to seeing you. Let me know if you can’t make it. All the best, Anshu
Organising a Birthday
by Jasleen Kaur (Patiala, Punjab, India)
Help this student by commenting on her IELTS Letter to a friend. *** Your friend is about to celebrate a landmark birthday and would welcome suggestions as to how it should be celebrated. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: - say what type of party should be held e.g. themed, fancy dress, black tie event - suggest a suitable venue - make recommendations as to entertainment e.g. Dj, jazz band etc. Dear Mary, How are you? I hope this letter finds you in pink of the health. I am writing this letter in reference to your letter which I got yesterday. I was very delighted after reading your letter that you are going to celebrate your birthday. We all are going to paint the town red on your birthday party night. To make this happen, I think you should celebrate in style by arranging a fancy dress theme party where everyone would not only be excited to see you but also to see their companion's dress as well. Since, you are going to kick up your heels, so you should book a hall with adequate space. There is a restaurant with name Shaureya in your vicinity. It will be perfect for this occasion. Moreover, if you could arrange for DJ as well, it would add even more fun to your party and we could dance even after small hours. It will be great to catch up again soon. Give my best wishes to everyone in the family. With Love Jessica
Friend in Hospital
You play a team sport with some friends. Last week a member of the team had an accident and wasn't able to play with you at the weekend. You decide to write to him in hospital, telling him about the match. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, - tell him which team won - describe the conditions on the day - say how you felt about the match Dear Martin, Hope you are recovering from the injures . We feel very bad for not being with you at hospital. I have a good news for you, Our Team won the Cricket match, hurry.As a main batman of our team you are incomparable and reliable. Most of our members accept that you hardwark and passion is something that motivate every one in the team. Unfortunately we missed your presence on this match. Through this match our team got a chance to participate in upcoming finals and that what we dreamed for. I know you will be excited to know about the match. Best thing about the match was the weather, It was perfectly fine for the match. From the Tossing opposite Team got their batting first. Our target score were 578 and by the end by losing 5 wickets we got 579.Even though the match was tough at starting it become smooth at the ending. We are eager to see you again, awaiting for your Prayers are always with you. Get well soon, take care. Yours Sincerely
Selling a TV
by Bhawna Sharma (New Delhi)
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain: 1. Why you are selling the television 2. Describe the television 3. Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it Dear Baljeet, I just want to let you know that I am selling my old television as I bought a new Samsung(52 inch, full HD) tv recently. As I remember the last time we met, you were looking for an old TV online. My old television is just 3 years old and is in very good condition. Its a 32 inch Sony LCD screen with bluetooth and HDMI connectivity. It is under the company's warranty that covers 10 years after purchase. All the bills are warranty card are with us. If you are still searching for one and my television fits your requirement, you can see it anytime by next weekend. The price can be discussed once you like it. Waiting for your reply. Bhawna Sharma
Visiting a friend in another country
by Vighnedh (Mumbai)
You plan to do some traveling in a few months. You would like to visit an old friend who lives in another country. You haven't spoken to this friend in a few years. Write a letter to your friend, in your letter, * Provide a short update about your life since you saw him/her last. * Explain why you will be traveling to their city. * Say what you would like to do when you visit his/her city. Dear Micheal, I hope this letter finds you in good health. Since its been years that we haven't talked to each other, I believe you haven't forgotten me right? The last time we met if you remember? I was studying at this photography institute called Arena Animation, and you had just graduated from college. I don't know what made you immigrate to another country, but I would like to update you that I've become a professional photographer. I have been working with this studio called Golden Robot for the past two years now, and this job is already taking me places! Before you even wonder, which cities I've already visited, I'd like to tell you that I've toured entire Europe already. Also, guess what? My next destination is the city where you live now. Yes! I'm coming to Singapore for at least a month this November. Although I'd have some work to do, I'm pretty sure I can manage at least 10 days to travel with an old friend of mine. I know reading this, you'd already start planning the trip, but before that, there are a few places I'd like to visit for vacation. Among these are the famous Jewel Airport, which was recently made available for tourists, the Merlion, and the world-famous Universal Studios. I know, I'm asking too much, but these are the places I'd like to explore with you. I know the rest you will plan it yourself. I hope you'd get holidays from your workplace and we can have fun together. Yours lovingly, Rohan.
A Friend who is House-sitting
by Michelle Ozojie (Abuja, Nigeria)
You are going away to travel for the summer. A friend will be looking after your house while you are away. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: *Say where you are going *Describe your house *Explain some of the things your friend must do to look after your house. Dear Mirabel, I appreciate your acceptance to look after my house this December when I travel to Enugu. My house is a four-bedroom duplex with an outdoor swimming pool at the back and a rose garden at the left side of the building. I have a housekeeper that comes twice a week and my gardener stays just down the street so, you don't need to worry about cleaning the house or the roses. The pantry is stocked so you don't need to bother about grocery shopping except for an occasional fresh supply of meat. And I live just two blocks away from the store. The only thing I would like you to do is to feed my cat and take him to the vet every Wednesday. You will see his food at the bottom drawer of the kitchen cabinet. Anyway, I have to go now. I will give you a phone call before I leave. Thank you once again for doing this. All the best, Michelle.
Letter Translation of Document
by Sagar (Karachi)
You need a translation of a document into a different language. you have a friend who speaks that language. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: - explain what the document is and why you need a translation - explain why is in urgent and important for you - ask your friend if and when he/she will be able to help you Dear Chen, I was just thinking about you the other day when i saw the Jackie Chan movie in the theaters. Anyways, i was just wondering if you could give me a hand with translating a letter from Chinese to English. The document I need your help with is my university admission letter in the Beijing University of technology for my masters in Beijing,China.As it also has the banking details and the amount of fees which i have to pay, as a part of my admission procedure. Due to the fact that the deadline to pay the full fee will end in a week's time I want to make sure that i have the translation before that. Moreover, if I fail to do that for any reason then, my admission at the university will be cancelled and as you already know that studying at this university is one of my dreams. I wouldn't have stressed you more, as I'm aware of your busy working schedule but keeping the urgency in mind please let me know if it's possible for you to translate it and if so then, when can i pop up at your house to get this thing done? I'll be anxiously waiting for your reply. Best regards, Adam *** Please give me feedback on my letter.
Translation of Document
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How to Write a Letter to a Friend
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This article was co-authored by Tami Claytor and by wikiHow staff writer, Jessica Gibson . Tami Claytor is an Etiquette Coach, Image Consultant, and the Owner of Always Appropriate Image and Etiquette Consulting in New York, New York. With over 20 years of experience, Tami specializes in teaching etiquette classes to individuals, students, companies, and community organizations. Tami has spent decades studying cultures through her extensive travels across five continents and has created cultural diversity workshops to promote social justice and cross-cultural awareness. She holds a BA in Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Clark University. Tami studied at the Ophelia DeVore School of Charm and the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned her Image Consultant Certification. There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 750,222 times.
In the age of emails and text messages, sitting down to write a letter to a friend is a special and heartfelt way to express care for someone. They’ll cherish the thought and effort you put into it, and you’ll get the chance to reflect on your life and relationship, too. There’s just one problem — how do you know what to say in the letter ? It’s easier than you think. This wikiHow will give you tips on how to begin your letter, beat writer’s block, and make it memorable.
Starting the Letter
- If you haven't gotten a letter from your friend in a while, you can send a letter to ask if everything is alright or to find out if things have been busy for them.
- For example, if you've been writing a lot back and forth, including the date is useful so you can tell if they're responding to a letter that you recently sent them.
- If you don't think you'll be able to fit everything you want to say in a card, use note paper, lined paper or some smart/Pretty stationery. This way you can add extra sheets.
Tip: If you're writing a letter to an elderly friend, you may want to type it so you can print it in a larger, easier to read font.
- Hello, Joanne!
- Dear Joanne
Writing the Body of the Letter
- "I hope this letter finds you well."
- "Thank you for your last letter."
- "I know it's been a while since I've written to you."
- "There's so much I need to share with you!"
- For example, you might write 2 to 3 paragraphs about a trip you took over spring break. Then write af paragraph about what you've been doing since then.
- If you're unsure of what you can write about, keep it simple. For example, tell your friend about a movie you've seen or a book you've been reading.
- If your friend hasn't written for a while, acknowledge that you haven't heard from them lately and you're wondering how they're doing.
- For example, you might write, "Last time you wrote, you said you'd been feeling poorly. Have you gone to the doctor or are you feeling better?"
Tip: You can also comment on things your friend wrote to you about. For example, say, "I can't believe you're graduating soon. I think you should accept that job offer, so you can move near me!"
- For example, say something like, "Now that you know what's been going on, how do you think I should handle my family coming into town?"
- If you're unsure what to ask, you can keep it generic. For example, write, "What's been happening lately with you? Is there anything new to report?"
- The tone of the letter should match what you're writing about. So if you're writing about a fun holiday you took, keep the writing happy. However, if you're writing a letter of condolence, be supportive and more serious.
Tip: To tell if you’re using your conversational voice, try reading your letter out loud before finalizing it. If anything sounds weird as you say it out loud, change it.
Finishing the Letter
- For example, if you've been away, finish with, "It’s been a lot of fun, but it’d be even more fun if you were here. I’m looking forward to seeing you once I get home!”
- If you and your friend have been having a disagreement, write something like, “I know we’re in a tough patch now, but I want you to know that I'm grateful we’re working through this.”
- Yours truly,
- Hugs and kisses,
- You’ll also want to check your letter to ensure that everything you say makes sense. Remember that your tone of voice can be difficult to translate via writing, so be careful that what you say is clear and won't be misinterpreted.
- If your friend is living in another country, be sure to include the name of the country in the address.
- You don't need to use a formal prefix like "Mr." or "Mrs." on an informal letter, but you can if you'd like.
- You may be able to leave the letter in your mail box. This usually means that you'll need to raise the small red flag on the side of the box to alert the mail carrier that there's a letter to pick up.
- If you’re including anything else in the letter or it’s extra thick, go to the post office and have it weighed before sending it.
Tip: To find out how much it costs to send letters within your country, do a search online for “postage cost [country name] letter.”
- Even if the letter is regarding something unpleasant, ensure that you’re respectful and friendly in your letter. Unlike with spoken words, your friend can refer back to the letter. If you say something unpleasant, it might hurt more than if you had said it out loud, since your friend can read it over and over again. Thanks Helpful 3 Not Helpful 0
- For the most polished-looking letter, you can write a practice or draft letter first. Then rewrite the letter or type it once you're happy with it. Use your best handwriting and stationery for the final letter. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 2
- If your letter is long and spans more than 2 pages, consider adding page numbers to the pages (e.g., 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3) so that your friend doesn’t get confused if the papers get dropped or put out of order. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 0
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To write a letter to a friend, start your letter with a greeting and ask how your friend is doing, then move into the main body of the letter. Exactly what you talk about is up to you, but try to write in a conversational manner using your own voice and a clear tone. Tell your friend what's going on in your life, follow up on past topics, and mention what you're looking forward to in the near future. Don't forget to sign your name at the bottom before mailing the letter! For tips on writing conversationally, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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Thanks for your reply. I was very glad to receive your letter. I miss you so much and I think about the time that we spent at the camp. It seems to me that it was the best summer ever. But time moves on and I’m getting ready for final exams at University.
This year I have to pass the test in English, History, Literature, and Psychology. History and English are compulsory exams, while Literature and Psychology are subjects that I have chosen. It is a difficult time for me because I brush up on information for these exams day after day. I’m really anxious about them. Hopefully, I will get good marks.
From time to time I can find some rare hours for leisure. I still visit my swimming classes and have additional lessons of foreign languages. Other than English, I’ve taken up Spanish six months ago. It is a beautiful and melodic language. The most difficult is Spanish grammar. As you remember, I’ve always wanted to be an interpreter, so I think the more languages I know the better. I also go to the nearest old public library. The building is situated next to my block of flats. They have an excellent collection of foreign literature there.
The weather right now is really hot, so we often go to the sea to swim and sunbathe. How is the weather in London now? I hope it’s warm too. When I walk with my friends, I wish you were also here. You are always welcome to visit me. I’m sure, you’ll love my city. It’s a place of grandiose architecture and picturesque canals. Wandering around the city you’ll find world–famous attractions like the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Mariinsky Theatre.
How are things with you? Has something new happened in life? I hope we will be able to meet up soon!
Почему омела — символ Рождества и Нового Года