FORM OF THE LETTER Adress Greeting The opening The body The closing Signing off Greeting The most common salutation in an informal letter is “Dear..” -Note that it is followed by a comma. Dear Andrés , However, some go extremely informal and use “Hey!” or “Hi!” You should use your discretion. Obviously if you are writing to your father, you would not use “Hey!” unless of course you are extremely close. The opening Is the reason for writing (happiness at receiving letter, apology for not replying faster…) Opening Remarks: •It was great to hear from you / to get your letter! •How are things? ¿Cómo van las cosas? •Sorry I haven’t written for so long. •Thank you so much for … Siento no haberte escrito en tanto tiempo Muchas gracias por… •I was happy / sad to hear that … •Congratulations on … Fue estupendo saber de ti/recibir tu carta Estaba contento/triste de escuchar que… Felicidades por… The Body Information, news or details Ask questions It is always a good idea to ask questions in the body of the letter that you would like the person to answer in their reply. Questions work as a good base on which to write a letter, and they give the recipient motivation to reply: -How are those wonderful brothers of mine? -Did I tell you that I am librarian too, eh? -Have you made any arrangements yet? -What about your suitcase? Be careful using the correct verb forms Future, past pefect, present perfect continuous….. The Body… Connectors Contrast (contraste) Although = aunque Whereas = mientras que Despite = a pesar de Addition (suma) In adittion = en resumen Moreover = además Furthermore = además Cause (por alguna causa) Because = porque Due to = debido a As = cómo, cuándo, porqué Result (resultado de…) So = asi que Therefore = por lo tanto Consequently = en consecuencia Time Firstly = en primer lugar Secondly = en segundo lugar Later = después Finally = finalmente Despite / due to Despite + non + ing +the Fact + that+ cause Due to +noun + ing + the Fact + that + cause The closing Questions directed to friend Closing Remarks: •Can’t wait to hear from you! •Write soon! •That’s all for now. •Give my regards to… ¡No puedo esperar a saber de ti! ¡Escribe ponto! Eso es todo por ahora Dale recuerdos a… •Looking forward to seeing you. Estoy deseando verte. Signing Off This is where you sign off: Take care, Michael In informal letter writing, the complimentary close is always very friendly: Love, Lots of love, Best wishes, Missing you lots, Yours forever, Regards, etcetera… Remember, a comma always follows the complimentary close. Post Script Use P.S. to add a short message after the complimentary close. Use it especially to write down something that you may have forgotten in the body of the letter P.S: please reply 5th Juny, 2010 C/Perú, nº 13 Gandía _______ Raphael, _______________ ? I hope you are fine. Sorry______________________ but I’ve been pretty busy with my term exams. In two weeks time all this ___________(be over) and we will be enjoying our summer holidays. That’s what I wanted to talk about. I remind you it was you who suggested travelling to Ibiza, _________________________? I hope so , ________ it’s too early. ____________ suitcase? If I were you I would start packing ________ you’re so slow!!. I haven´t bought new clothes yet I have been thinking about going shopping once there. I’m so excited !! _________________________!! First Paragraph See you in August, Lots of Love, Alonso. XX P.S. : _________ How are you? will be over Dear I haven’t written for so long because What about your Althought Second Paragraph Have you made any arrangements Last Paragraph Please reply Looking forward to seeing you CARLOS PEIRÓ GONZALEZ BORJA MORAGUES MARTÍNEZ APPLAUSE!