Informal letters are social or friendly letters. They are usually written to people we know personally, for example members of our family, relatives, friends…
Informal Letters are written in a conversational and friendly tone.
We write informal letters to:
- Ask someone something
- Catch up with someone
- Confide in someone
- Discuss personal issues
- Express our innermost feelings
- Inform someone of something
- Thank someone
- Keep in touch and/ or reminisce with someone
- Introduce places of interest to someone
Before you write an informal letter, as yourself the following questions.
- Who are you writing to?
- What do you want to tell/ ask your recipient? Why?
- Is there anything you would like your recipient to do? If so, what is it?
1. How to write an Informal Letter?
- The writer’s address is usually written at the top right hand corner.
- There is a comma (,) after each line.
- There is a full stop (.) at the end of the address.
- You can include the name of your state (Melaka) if you are writing to someone in another state (Pahang).
- Include the name of your country (Malaysia) if you are writing to someone overseas eg. India.
- Write the date below the address.
- Use the correct English spelling of the month.
- When replying to a letter given, your date should be a few days after that of the letter given.
- There are different ways of writing the date.
1st March 2010.
1st March 2010.
March 1, 2010.
01 / 03 / 2010
The greeting/ salutation
- The greeting or salutation is written one line below the date, on the left hand of the page ended by the comma (,).
- The salutation used depends on how close you are to the person you are writing to
- Dear ……….. is most often used and always correct. You can use it for anyone, from your mother to a new pen- pal.
- My dear……. is used if you have a close relationship with someone, like your family or best friend.
- Dearest and My dearest………are usually used only for people you love.
- The ending is written below the closing remarks on the right hand side of the page.
- The ending depends on whom you are writing to.
- When writing to a family member or a relative you can end with:
i) Yours affectionately,
ii) Yours lovingly,
iii) Your son,
- When writing to friends or pen-pals you should end with:
- Your name or signature is written below the ending.
2. Useful phrases and vocabulary for Informal Letters
- How are you? I hope you are in the pink of health.
- Thank you for your interesting letter.
- I received your letter yesterday/ a few days ago.
- What a surprise! It’s really good to hear from you.
- How is everyone in the family? Well, I hope.
- I am really glad to hear from you.
- How are you? I am sorry I couldn’t write earlier.
- This letter will probably come as a surprise to you.
- What a pleasant surprise it was hear from you after such a long time.
* Extending Invitations:
- Would you like to join me on a trip to Pantai Remis?
- How about coming over to my place next weekend?
- I would like to invite you to my brother’s wedding that will take place on the 16th of August.
- My friends and I are planning to go camping during the holidays. Why don’t you come along?
- If you have not made any plans for the holidays, perhaps you would like to join us on a trip to Cameron Highlands.
Responding to Invitations/ Accepting Invitations:
- I’d be glad to join you and your friends on the trip.
- I’d love to come over to your house.
- Thank you for your invitation. I’d be glad to come to your birthday party.
- Of course I would love to attend your brother’s weeding. Thank you for inviting me.
- Thanks for your invitation. However, I am sorry I will have to turn it down as I have already promise my father that I’d join him on a fishing trip.
- Although I’d love to join you, I am sorry to say that I will not be able to make it.
- I am sorry to inform you that I will not be able to attend your sister’s wedding.
To express Appreciation/ Gratitude:
- Thank you for your advice.
- It was really thoughtful of you to help us in our time of need.
- How kind of you to think about us!
- I truly appreciate your kindness.
To express thanking (thank you letter):
- Thank you so much for …
- I want to thank you for …
- I want to express my gratitude …
- I am grateful for …
- I deeply appreciate …
- I feel touched that you …
- Your gesture was extremely …
- Your gift was incredibly …
- Your thoughtfulness was truly …
To express Places of Interest:
- You may like to drop by …
- You may like to stop at …
- You may like to visit …
- You may be amazed by …
- You may be fascinated by …
- You may be interested in …
- It may interest you to know that …
- It may surprise you to discover that …
Keeping in Touch:
- How long has it been since …
- It has been ages since …
- I cannot believe we have not heard from each other since …
- I am sure you would be surprised to know that …
- You may be interested to know that …
- Can you recall the time when …
- Do you remember when …
- That will be all for now. I shall write again when I have the time.
- Please convey my warmest regards to your family.
- Best wishes to you and your family.
- Please give my love to Grandma.
- Good luck in your coming examination.
- Do write soon.
- I hope to hear from you soon.
- Do write again when you have the time.