Letter/Email to a friend – Useful language
Beginning the letter or email
– Many thanks for your letter (- it was really nice to hear from you again).
– I thought I’d better write (and give you some more details about…)
– It’s been such a long time since we wrote to each other.
– How are you and your family?
– How are things with you?
– How was (your holiday)?
Introducing the topic
– I know you’re longing to hear all about (my holiday).
– You remember I told you in my last letter (that I was going to…)
Ending the letter or email
– Once again, (thanks very much for all your help).
– Give my love/regards to (your family).
– Please write/drop me a line soon.
– I look forward to (meeting up again soon).
Letter/Email to a friend – Rules
DO invent a name. Don’t write Dear Pen Friend.
– e.g. Dear Carla,
DO mention a letter or email you have received from the person you are writing to, or refer to a shared experience.
– e.g. It was great to hear from you.
DO say what you’ve been doing recently.
– e.g. …I’ve been really busy preparing for my exams.
DO think of some specific details to include in each paragraph – this will make your letter or email more interesting.
DO mention the next time you will see the person you are writing to.
– e.g. …I’m looking forward to seeing you in July!
DO use an appropiate phrase to end your letter or email.
– e.g. Love, All the best, Best Wishes.
DON’T finish your letter or email with sincerely…
– e.g. Yours sincerely/faithfully.