Tips for writing LETTERS/ EMAILS
Parts of the letter
(informal) Dear/Hi + person’s name
Dear …/Aunt Sue/ Dad,
(formal) Dear+title+person’s surname
(Dear Mr and Mrs Smith)
(formal) Dear+title+person’s surname (Dear Sir/Madam; dear Ms Jones)
§1-opening remarks & the reason for writing
(personal tone, pronouns are omitted, idioms are used)
Hi! I haven’t heard from you for ages. What have you been up to recently? /
Thanks so much for your last letter. /It’s been ages since we looked up/Thanks for being so kind to me when I stayed with you.(thanking letter)
How is it going? Thought I’d drop you a line to let you know…/(giving information)
I’ve got a worrying problem & I would really appreciate some advice. /I thought I’d drop you a line to ask you for some help. (asking for advice)
Do you know where I can find …?(asking for information)
What a pity that I can’t come! (refusing an invitation)
(pronouns are not omitted, idioms are used carefully)
I would like to thank you for your kindness during my stay. /I am writing to thank you for coming to our school to give a talk on Internet safety. (thanking letter)
I would like to provide you with some details in order to help you …(giving information)
I am writing in the hope that you can help me. (asking for advice)
Please could you give me some information about suitable hotels in the area? (asking for information)
I am sorry that I will be unable to come. (refusing an invitation)
I am writing to apply for the position (post) of…/ I am writing with regards to your advertisement in the…/ (a letter of application)
We regret to inform you that …/ I received your letter concerning the property which you have recently inherited. /I am writing to you about… / (giving information)
I was delighted to receive your letter. /
I appreciate the invitation to the… (thanking letter)
It was pleasing to hear that you are in good health.
I am writing to complain about…/ on account of…/ because of…/on the subject of…/ I am writing to draw your attention to…/I am writing to you in connection with… (a letter of complaint-mild tone)
I am writing to express my extreme dissatisfaction with… (a letter of complaint-strong tone)
A Main body:
§2, 3 -development
A new § for each topic.
Why don’t you do some extra Maths classes? (offering advice)
A Respectful tone
It would be a good idea if you did some extra Maths classes. (offering advice)
Contrary to the information in your brochure, / The item in question, which I received last week, was damaged in transit.
§4- closing remarks
I’d better go. /Got to go now. / Write back & tell me how it’s going or why not drop by & tell me in person!
Please write soon & tell me your news.
Write back soon. / Why not pop up here to see us?
Do keep in touch. / Well, I think that’s all for now. / Drop by for coffee sometime…
Please write soon & tell me your news.
Well, I think that’s all for now.
I can be contacted at the email address above.
Once again thank you very much for taking the time to come and talk to us.
Please feel free to contact me via phone or email if you have any other questions or concerns.
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
I am enclosing curriculum vitae together with two references. (a letter of application)
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
I am sorry to miss the opportunity to…(refusing an invitation)
I trust you will accept this advice. (offering advice)
I look forward to seeing you. Please accept my sincere apologies for my…
I demand an immediate refund for the item…(a letter of complaint-strong tone)
I trust the situation will improve. (a letter of complaint-mild tone)
I hope that I will not be forced to take further action/ legal action. (a letter of complaint)
Love/Yours/Best regards/ Best of Luck/ + first name
Regards/Best regards/ Best wishes/ + full name
(eg Jane Thompson)
Yours faithfully-when you don’t know the person’s name;
Yours sincerely – when you know the person’s name.
Письмо-один из четырех видов речевой деятельности, на который обычно отводится на уроке меньше всего времени. Может быть именно поэтому учащиеся испытывают трудности в написании писем. Они не знают как начать или закончить письмо, какую лексику использовать.
Данная разработка представляет собой сводную таблицу, в которой представлены 3 вида письма-формальное (formal), неформальное (informal) и нейтральное (semi-formal).
В разработке представлены варианты начала,продолжения и окончания различных видов писем (письмо-благодарность, запрос информации, совет, жалоба, приглашение/отказ от приглашения и др.).
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