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Writing Informal Letter 2011

GUIDELINES

1. Informal letters are written to friends & relatives.


2. The format:

Your address__________________,
____________________________,
____________________________.

Date________________________

Greeting,

Opening_______________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

Contents_______________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

Closing________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________

Signing off,______
Signature________

3. The language used is simple and friendly.


a. You can use contractions such as cant, Im, wont, youre and so on.
b. For examination, do not use slang like, Hey, Wassup. , gonna , kinda, wanna

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4. Explanation about the format:


Format Explanation
Address The writers address is written at the top right-hand corner
For example:
25, Jalan Tebing 8/8, Add a coma at the end of each line of the
Seksyen 8, address
40000 Shah Alam,
Selangor Darul Ehsan. Add a fullstop at the end of the address
Date Written below the address. For example: 6 June 2011
Greeting Written on the left-hand side of the letter. Begin with:
Dear........, For example: Dear Amin, Dear Latifah,
Dearest.., or My dear., (for close friends & family)
For example: Dearest father, My dear Uncle Syed, Dearest Siti,
Opening You may begin your letter by:
(1st paragraph) Asking about the persons health. For example:
How are you? I hope that youre in the pink of health.
Hows your family getting on?
Im fine and I hope youre fine too.
I hope that youre as fit as a fiddle.
Asking what the reader had been up to?
Hows the weather at your place? Not too hot I hope.
Did you get to visit your grandparents?
Did you go on your trip to Paris as you had hoped? They say Paris is a
beautiful city.
Expressing happiness: For example:
I received your letter on
Im happy to receive your letter
Thank you for your letter which I received..
Im so glad to hear..
Im glad to learn that.
Expressing sorrow:
Im sorry to hear that..
Expressing apology:
Id like to say sorry for
Im sorry for not writing.
Content In the 2nd paragraph, mention your main reason for writing the letter. You may
(Several paragraphs) use the following phrase:
In your last letter, you wanted me to describe / advice..
Im writing this letter to.
Closing Inform the reader that you are ending the letter. You may use the following
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Format Explanation
(Last paragraph) phrases:
Ill write again soon.
Do write to me soon.
Well, thats about all for now.
Please give/send my regards to
Please convey my warm regards to.
Let me pen off here.
Take care of yourself.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Im looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Hope to receive a reply from you.
Bye / Goodbye.
Signing off If you are writing to your parents, you can sign off using:
Your loving daughter,
Yours lovingly,
Yours affectionately

If you are writing to friends or relatives, you can sign off using:
Your friend,
Yours sincerely,
Yours faithfully,
Your niece / nephew,
Signature Sign your name at the bottom of the letter in the right-hand corner.
For example:
Nuurunnuha

A) INFORMAL LETTER TO INVITE


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Exercise 1: PMR 2006


You and your family are planning to go camping for the coming school holidays. You have found a suitable
campsite.
Write a letter to your uncle and invite him and his family to join you.
When writing your letter, you should:
use all the notes given to persuade your uncle
elaborate on the given notes to make it more interesting
make sure it is not less than 120 words

Use the notes below to write the letter.


1. campsite 2. location 3. facilities 4. activities
- clean - near a town - tent for rent - barbecue
- shady - 20-minute bus-ride - childrens playground - games
- peaceful - mini market - toilets - swimming
- safe - shower rooms - trekking

Use the idioms below to make your letter more interesting:


- to their hearts content (Meaning: to their full satisfaction, without limitation)
- in stitches (Meaning: laughing uncontrollably)
- in the pink of health (Meaning: in very good health)
- a stones throw away (Meaning: very close)
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Fill in the blanks with the above notes and idioms in the correct sentence. Then, REWRITE the letter.
5, Jalan Parameswara,
77000 Jasin,
Melaka.

16 October 2010

Dear Uncle David,

How are you? I hope you and your family are (1)______________________________. Everyone here is
as fit as a fiddle. My final year exam ended yesterday. What a relief! Math and science papers were quite tough.
Please pray that Ill pass all subjects with flying colours.

Im writing this letter mainly to invite you, Aunt Lucy and your sons, Beckham and Ryan, on a camping
trip for the coming holidays.

Father has found the perfect (2) ______________________________. It is in Taman Lipur Tasik Putih.
The campsite is located just (3) __________________________________ from your house. Although the
campsite seems secluded, it is located (4) ______________________________, so we can easily go there if we
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need supplies. There is a (5) ______________________________ in the town. It is only a


(6) _____________________________________.

A friend of father has camped there with his family. He said the place is serene,
(7) ______________________________ and (8) ______________________________. The place is planted
with many trees. Apart from making the place (9) ______________________________, the greenery makes the
atmosphere so cool and refreshing. Moreover, theres an unpolluted, crystal clear waterfall waiting to tempt us.
Fathers friend also said that the place is quite (10) ______________________________. The boundary is
clearly marked, so you and Aunt Lucy need not worry about the boys wandering off. Park rangers are also on
duty to help us if we have any problems.

The campsite boasts of excellent (11) ______________________________ too. There are


(12) ______________________________ so you dont have to bring your own. The rental is not very
expensive. There is a (13) ______________________________. Im sure the boys would love that. They can
play (14) ______________________________. There are also (15) ______________________________ and
(16) ______________________________ at the campsite.

Do say you will come, Uncle David. We can go (17) ______________________________ and
(18) ______________________________ during the day. At night, we can have
(19) ______________________________. Father has a new recipe for barbecued lamb. Trust me. Its going to
be so tantalizing and delicious. We can also have marshmallows for dessert. I can bring along my new board
game which is extremely fun and hilarious. My brothers and I always end up
(20) ______________________________ every time we play.

Well, I hope you will have good news for us. Do give my warm regards to Aunt Lucy, Beckham and
Ryan. Bye!

Your nephew,
Simon

B) INFORMAL LETTER TO GIVE ADVICE

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Exercise 2

Your younger brother has just enrolled into a residential school. He is facing some problems. Write a letter
to your brother, giving him some advice on how he can overcome some of his problems. Use the points
given below in your letter.

organise your time


choose friends carefully - have an open mind
concentrate on studies
make use of the facilities available
follow school rules

Expressions used:
as fit as a fiddle in good health
time is gold
bad hats troublemakers
state-of-the-art modern
a healthy mind creates a healthy body
pen off stop writing

Underline the correct answer. Then, REWRITE the letter.


________________,
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________________,
________________.

16 January 2011

Dearest ______________,

I hope you [1- is, are, was, were] as fit as a fiddle and not too homesick. All of us are fine back
home although we [2- miss, misses, missed, are missing] having you around. I especially miss you as I no
longer have anyone to [3- play, plays, played, playing] badminton with.

In your last letter, you [4- tell, tells, told, are telling] me that youre having some difficulties in your
new school. As you may already know, life in residential school [5- is, are, was, were] very different from
home. It is more difficult and you may [6- face, faces, faced, facing] many problems. [7-
In addition, Since, However, Next], dont fret too much because all these problems can be overcome.

First, make sure that you organise your time [8- foolishly, slowly, wisely, quickly] because time is
gold. Divide your time for doing homework, studying, [9- wash, washes, washed, washing] clothes and so
on. I suggest that you have [10- a, an, the] timetable. So, you may find [11- it, its, its] easier to finish all
that you have to do and still have some free time for yourself.

Next, please do be careful [12- on, in, at, of] your choice of friends. There [13- is, are, was, were]
bound to be some bad hats around. So, make sure that youre not [14- influence, influences, influenced,
influencing] by the wrong set of friends. Stay away from any unhealthy [15- activity, activities] such as
smoking or drug abuse. These [16- habit, habits] will only lead to disaster and jeopardize your studies. You
will [17- meet, meets, met, meeting] friends from various cultures and backgrounds. So, please keep
[18- a, an, the] open mind. Dont [19- belittle, belittles, belittled] anyone elses beliefs or traditions. At the
same time, dont forget all that you have [20- learn, learns, learnt, learning] at home.

The main reason you were sent there [21- is, are, was, were] to help you get better results and
hopefully a scholarship. [22- However, Besides, Therefore, In addition], concentrate on your studies and
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do well in your examinations. This is your best chance to [23- achieve, achieves, achieved, achieving] your
ambitions. Dont be shy to consult your teachers if you [24- has, have, had, are having] any problems with
any subjects. Youre advisable to study in group so that it will be much easier to have discussions.

SM Sains Muzaffar Syah is distinguished for [25- it, its, its] state-of-the-art facilities. For that
reason, make full use of them. Study in the library whenever you can because [26- it, its, its] comfortable
and more conducive. There [27- is, are, was, were] many reference books you can look at. Your school is
also [27- equip, equips, equipped, equipping] with the latest computers. So, you can [28- use, uses, used,
using] the internet conveniently not only to carry out school tasks or projects but also to [29- gain, gains,
gained, gaining] as much knowledge as possible. Besides, play games now and then. I know your school
[30- has, have, had, is having] tennis and badminton courts. Perhaps you should [31- take up, takes up,
took up, taking up] one of these games. [32- Play, Plays, Played, Playing] games is not only a form of
exercise but it is also a way for you to relax. Plus, a healthy body [33- create, creates, created, is creating]
a healthy mind.

Last but not least, you should [34- follow, follows, followed, following] the school rules. Never
break any rules. The rules may [35- seem, seems, seemed, seeming] tiresome but they instill self-discipline
and are good for character building. If you [36- break, breaks, broke, are breaking] the school rules, you
may be suspended or expelled. We would be [37- disappoint, disappoints, disappointed, disappointing] if
such a thing were to happen.

I hope my advice will [38- help, helps, helped, helping] you to solve your problems. Please write
whenever you [39- has, have, had, are having] time. We are all anxious about you and eagerly wait for
[40- your, yours, youre] letter. I will pen off here. Take care and goodbye!

Your loving brother,


_______________

C) INFORMAL LETTER TO GIVE NEWS / TO TELL EXPERIENCE


Exercise 3
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Your uncle suggested that you and your family visit a tea plantation which was owned by his friends. Write
a letter to your uncle to thank him for his suggestion and to tell the wonderful trip that you had experienced.

Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct answer from the box below. Then, REWRITE the letter.
enjoyable and educational keeping well take a tour
stayed at drove up tour by
tea leaves How are you your suggestion
was invigorating were awestruck a sea of green leaves
We borrowed At the end of the tour learnt about
full loads tea plantation Send my regards to Auntie
had the time of our lives eye-opener waved warmly
grand treat plucking tea leaves fast and hard
made from
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________________,
________________,
________________.

31 July 2011

My dear ______________,

(1)_________________________________ and Auntie? I hope that both of you are


(2)______________________________.Thank you so much for (3) ______________________________ to
visit the Highlands tea plantation. We had such an (4)____________________________________________
trip.

As we (5) ______________________________ to the plantation resort, through the rows of tea


plants, we (6) ______________________________ by the vastness of the plantation land. There were rows
and rows of tea plants like (7) _____________________________________, as far as the eye can see!

We (8) ______________________________ the Highlands Tea Garden Resort for a night. The first
thing we did when we arrived was to (9) ______________________________ of the plantation on the back
of a lorry. We chose to (10) ______________________________ lorry because in the open vehicle, we

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could almost touch the (11) ______________________________ as it slowly weaved its way between the
low tea shrubs. The smell of fresh tea leaves (12) ______________________________!

Then the lorry took us to the tea factory where we (13) ______________________________ tea
drying and the different grades of tea. (14) ______________________________, we had afternoon tea at
the caf where there were so many delicious cakes and pastries, some (15)
______________________________ tea. Father gave us a (16) ______________________________. We
could choose anything we wanted!

(17) ______________________________ bicycles from the resort and we went cycling to the
plantation workers settlement. They were very friendly as we passed their houses and they
(18) ______________________________ at us.

The next morning before we left, we got up very early to watch the workers (19)
______________________________. They worked so (20) ______________________________. Soon
they were walking with (21) ______________________________ of tea leaves to the collecting lorries.

You know, Uncle, this trip has been an (22) ______________________________ for me. Whenever
I drink tea now, I will always remember the tea shrubs and the workers who worked so hard at the
(23) ______________________________. Thank you once again for your suggestion. Everyone truly
enjoyed themselves. We really (24) _______________________________________________________.
(25) ___________________________________. Until then, bye!

Your niece,
_______________

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