Keep your language conversational for a more personable feel. Informal letters are meant to be read in a relaxed, casual way. Feel free to use contractions, hypothetical questions, inside jokes, and other figures of speech. This will help your natural voice come through to your reader.
Tip: You might kick off the body of your letter with something like this: “Hey bestie! Isn’t it crazy how time flies? One minute we’re chasing boys at summer camp, and the next you’re getting married! Being an adult is WEIRD!”
In the upper lefthand corner of a new writing, put down your current location in one or two lines. Directly under that, record the day’s date, making sure to mention at least the month and year.
Begin your letter by addressing the person it’s intended for by name. Traditionally, the opening address goes in the upper lefthand side of the page, but you can put it anywhere you want as long as you have enough room to include your message beneath it.
Use the space underneath your recipient’s name to say whatever you want to say. The body of your letter can be as long as you want it to be, so don’t feel like you have to keep it within the confines of a single page. Pour your heart out!
There are several way of starting. Here you have some:
Introducing the topic / giving information:
Once you’ve gotten your message across in the body of your letter, leave a little room (about the space of a single typed line) below your last sentence to include a brief sign-off. Your closing line might say something like, “Sincerely,” “Yours truly,” or “With love.”
Dear John / Hello Ben,
How are you? / What have you been up to? / So far so good? / How are things? / How are you doing? How are things panning out in your life? /
I hope you are well / Hopefully you’re doing fine / It’s been a while, hope you’re well / It’s ages since I’ve heard from you. I hope you’re well / you and your family are well /
Have you seen the latest news? / What are your thoughts on what the gym/cinema club/etc. has informed/announced? /
What a disappointment with the new changes…
I didn’t expect such bad news from….
Undoubtedly, I couldn’t be more disappointed with the tax increase/latest changes in the….
I wasn’t expecting such bad news from the….
In no way do I agree with this…..
Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter / text /message
It was good / nice / great to hear from you again./
I was so surprised to hear that…
I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for such a long time. /
Great news about …
Glad to hear that …
Sorry to hear about..
Listen, did I tell you about …?
You’ll never believe what …
Oh, and another thing I thought you might be interested to hear about / know that …
By the way, have you heard about ..?
I’m writing to apologise for missing your party but I’m afraid I was with flu /I’m really sorry that I forgot to send you a birthday card but I was busy with my new job.
I’m writing to ask for your help / you (if you could do me) a favour. /I wonder if / I was wondering if you could help me / do me a favour.
Why don’t you …? / Maybe you could …? / How about …? You can’t leave New York without (…doing sth) / I’m sure you will enjoy (…doing sth). / If you like, we can … /What about complaining together about …? / Let’s show our disappointment by writing them back and telling them …. /
Question: You have received a letter from your friend inviting you for a visit in summer. Write a letter to your friend accepting the invitation, suggesting something you would like to do and asking what you should bring with you.
Example of an informal letter:
Thanks for your letter; it was great to hear from you! I’m sorry I haven’t written for ages, but I’ve been really busy preparing for my exams. It’s really good news you’ve passed your driving test. Congratulations!
I am so grateful for your invitation to stay with you for a week in July; I’d love to come. I know you have a wonderful beach near your house and I’d really enjoy spending some time there. I expect that the weather will be hot, so I hope we can go swimming.
What sort of clothes should I pack? Casual or formal? Would you like me to bring anything for you? I would like to bring something special for you and your family from my country.
I’d better stop now. I hope you’re enjoying driving your car and I’m looking forward to seeing you in July! Thanks again for the invitation.
All the best