How to write an informal letter
Example of a letter to a pen-pal
Let's find out Mary's worries and enquiries prior to visiting Morocco.
My parents have finally given me their OK to spend a couple of weeks with you next summer. We'll certainly have so much fun together, won't we ?
But, I'm a bit panicky about this visit. Morocco is miles away; it's a new world for me, with customs and beliefs definitely different from the ones we've got here in Britain.
What I got through net search didn't in the least relieve my panic, and I still have a couple of questions in mind:
- Shall I stay in a hotel or will you put me up ?
- What are the common ways of greeting people in your country?
- What about table manners? Do you use both hands when you're eating?
- And clothes? Should I dress up or wear casual things?
I feel my dream to visit Morocco will come true at last. Till then, I count on you to tell me about the things above.
That's it for now. Keep in touch.
Phrases used in informal letters and their functions
To thank the person for writing
Thanks for you letter.
I'm really sorry ...
To change the subject
By the way ...
To ask a favor
Could you do something for me ?
To suggest or invite
Why don't we ...
To request some information
Please let me know ...
To share information
Have you ever heard about ... ?
To finish the letter
I'd better get going.
To ask for a response
To express regard