How to Make a Letter Informal


Informal letters are written in a style that is close to spoken language. Many everyday words and conversational expressions are used.


Look at the table below for some common examples of phrases used in informal letters:


Look at this sample answer for an informal letter:




You should spend about 20 minutes on this task


  A person you met on a language course last summer has written to you asking if

  they can come and visit you in your home country.                   


  Write a letter to your friend. In your letter


  • Say when would be a good time to visit 
  • Say what places they could visit
  • Tell them what they need to bring with them


Write at least 150 words


You do NOT need to write your own address


Begin your letter as follows:


Dear ……,


Dear Fumiko,

It’s great to hear from you, and what brilliant news. It’ll be amazing to see you again – I can’t believe it’s already six months since we did that English course together in Eastbourne.   

Spring is a great time to visit Romania as everywhere is so green after the winter – I would suggest April or May when all the trees and flowers are in bloom. It’s so pretty in the mountains near my home.

I can meet you in Bucharest and we can look around the city for a few days and then we could go hiking in the mountains, I know a great walk to a waterfall and a ruined castle. We can stay overnight in a mountain lodge.

It might be a bit rainy in spring, so bring a waterproof jacket and a good pair of walking boots. But it can also be hot so bring t-shirts and shorts. Also, it would be great if you could bring some special food from Japan.

I can’t wait for your visit! Looking forward to seeing you in the spring!

All the best,




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