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Informal Letter

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Letter to someone we know very well

Below is the example of an informal letter. Teretia is writing to her brother Mareko currently staying with relatives on Mwaiana Island. So because Teretia is writing to someone she knows very well (her brother), therefore it falls under informal letter.

It is very important that students of Primary higher classes as well as students of Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) know how to write the letter of this type. To be specific, pupils at these levels are expected to be able to write an informal letter.

As you read the letter below, pay attention to the basic parts and how they have been laid out.


                                                                                                                                                   Nei Kauee
                                                                                                                                                   Bikenibeu East
                                                                                                                                                   Tarawa.


                                                                                                                                                   25th May, 2011.


Dear Mareko,


Hello! How are you these days? I hope everything is going well for you and Mum. I’m afraid it hadn’t been good at all for us here in Tarawa. Dad is still in hospital and he seems to be getting worse each day. Can you and Mum come on this Saturday’s flight? I think it will help Dad a lot if you can both make it on the 6th June. He has been asking for you two but for Mum in particular. 


I could only get an air ticket for one person so you and Mum can decide who uses that ticket. Borrow money if you have to and I will help you to repay your debt next month.

Please let me know through email or telephone, who is coming so that I can arrange the transport from the airport.

I look forward to meeting you at the airport with lots of salted fish and may be some kabubu for Dad.

Regards,
Teresa Karotu.



We now briefly discuss the 5 basic parts of an informal letter and the layout.

Part 1. Address: - Nei Kauee
                                 Bikenibeu East
                                 Tarawa.

Points to note: - it is at the top right corner of the page
                           - it states the place a person writes from
                           - first letters in each line are in capital and straight line (vertically)
                           - full stop (.) at the end of the last word (however, it is not required)

Part 2. Date: - 25th May, 2011.

Points to note: - leave a space between the address and the date
                           - write the date (day, month and year)
                           - using figures in the date is necessary e.g 25/05/11
                           - full stop (.) at the end of the year (however, it is not required)

Part 3. Salutation: - Dear Mareko,

Points to note: - leave a space between the date and salutation
                           - ‘dear’ is normally polite to use or ‘dearest’ as you see in some friendly letters
                           - other words you may use are Hi! Mauri! Hello!
                           - comma (,) at the end of the phrase (it is rather required)

Part 4. Body: Paragraph 1 - Hello! How are you these days? I hope everything is ……..
                        Paragraph 2 - I could only get an air ticket for one person so you …………..
                        Paragraph 3 - Please let me know through email or telephone ……………………..
                        Paragraph 4 - I Look forward to meeting you at the airport with ……………………

Points to note: - leave a space between the salutation and first paragraph of the body
                           - paragraphs are in blocks but we may indent them
                           - say hello, share your feelings and ask how that person feels
                           - state the main purpose of writing or the message you want to convey
                           - write a closing remarks e.g. ‘Look forward to hearing….’ etc

Part 5. Signature: Regards,
                                Teretia.

Points to note: - leave a space between the body and signature
                           - at the bottom left of the page (can be in the middle or on the right)
                           - closing words or phrases include ‘Best wishes, Best Regards, Love, Sincerely, etc’
                           - comma (,) at the end of closing word Regards
                           - write your name with or without a surname as the recipient knows you well
                           - full stop (.) at the end of your name

 

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