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A Friendly Letter

A Friendly Letter


To teach Russian students to write personal or friendly letters.

The application form may need to be accompanied by a letter. Or even before that, you might have to write to ask for an application form.

Sometimes, too, you could be asked to write a letter simply for an employer to see how well you communicate on paper.

As far as language is concerned, there's no need to use the old-fashioned phrases that used to be part of business writing. But a business letter is still formal writing. So there's no place for the slang of speech or the chattiness we use with our friends.

There should be a logical structure - going from why you're writing through to the main content and ending by looking towards what happens next - such as "I look forward to hearing if you would like me to come for an interview."

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Though not the most popular form of communication in the twenty-first century, writing letters is still a handy form of communication from time to time.

The art of personal communication through letter writing does not have to be lost.

Often, a friendly letter is in response to another letter.

If you are  writing this type of letter, politeness says  you should thank the person for their letter and answer any questions that person may have asked.By doing this, the writer shows that he or she appreciates what the other person has written.

When deciding what to write in this type of letter, you should think about information or topics that would interest both the writer and the recipient. In addition, including as much detail as possible will make the letter more interesting. You should  include some questions for your readers, but remember that  too many questions are frustrating for the reader.


Watch this video and learn the structure of a "Friendly letter"

How to write a friendly letter!

In the friendly letter format, your address, date, the closing, signature, and printed name are all indented to the right half of the page (how far you indent in is up to you as long as the heading and closing is lined up, use your own discretion and make sure it looks presentable). Also the first line of each paragraph is indented.

1 Your Address
All that is needed is your street address on the first line and the city, state and zip on the second line. (Not needed if the letter is printed on paper with a letterhead already on it.)

2 Date
Put the date on which the letter was written in the format Month Day Year e.g. August 30, 2003. Skip a line between the date and the salutation.

3 Salutation
Usually starts out with Dear so and so, or Hi so and so. Note: There is a comma after the end of the salutation (you can use an exclamation point also if there is a need for some emphasis).

4 Body
The body is where you write the content of the letter; the paragraphs should be single spaced with a skipped line between each paragraph. Skip 2 lines between the end of the body and the closing.

5 Closing
Let's the reader know that you are finished with your letter; usually ends with Sincerely, Sincerely yours, Thank you, and so on. Note that there is a comma after the end of the closing and only the first word in the closing is capitalized.

6 Signature
Your signature will go in this section, usually signed in black or blue ink with a pen. Skip a line after your signature and the P.S.

7 P.S.
If you want to add anything additional to the letter you write a P.S. (post script) and the message after that. You can also add a P.P.S after that and a P.P.P.S. after that and so on.

Sample Friendly Letter

                                                                                                                                   506 Country Lane
                                                                                                                                   North Baysville, CA 53286
                                                                                                                                   July 16, 2007

Dear Susan,

It feels like such a long time since the last time I saw you. I know it's only been several weeks since I saw you. So far my summer has been great!

I spend my all my weekends at the beach. I am getting a nice tan and you can no longer say I am paler than you. I have been playing lots of volleyball, surfing and building a nice collection of sea shells. Just this past weekend I took second place in a sandcastle building contest!

On the weekdays I work. I drive an ice cream truck around and sell ice cream to the kids. It is so cool. It is a combination of the two things I love most, ice cream and kids. The pay isn't too great but I love the job so much.

I hope the summer's been going well for you too. There's only a month and a half left in summer vacation and after that it's back to school. Would you like to meet up some time before school starts?


Your friend,


P.S. John Austin says hi.



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