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INFORMAL LETTER WRITING FOR RUSSIAN STATE EXAM
WHAT IS IMPORTANT? STRUCTURE CONTENTS AND PARAGRAPHING LANGUAGE AND STYLE LINKERS PUNCTUATION
Informal letters are sent to people you know well(e.g. friends, relatives, etc.) about your recent news, personal problems, information you need, etc. They are written in an informal style with a chatty, personal tone
STRUCTURE An informal letter should consist of: an informal greeting an introduction in which you write your opening remarks and mention your reason for writing a main body in which you write the main subject of the letter in detail, starting a new paragraph for each topic a conclusion in which you write your closing remarks an informal ending + your first name
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Your address Date Salutation Introduction (“Thank you”) paragraph Conclusion Complimentary close Your name BODY OF THE LETTER
ADDRESS Bryansk Russia 2 Oxford street London
DATE 24 April 2009 24.04.2009 24/04/2009 Friday, April 24, 2009 !
INTRODUCTION Thanks for… Many thanks for… How nice of you to… I was awfully glad to… Sorry for not writing… I really should have written sooner
A COMMON ENDING I’ll write you soon. Sorry, but I have to finish my letter ‘cause… Looking forward to seeing you… Hope to hear from you soon… Best regards for…
COMPLIMENTARY CLOSE I love you so much, Lots of love, Much love, Best wishes, All the best, Yours, !
… In Great Britain most young people want to become independent from their parents as soon as possible. Could you tell me what you and your friends think about not relying on your parents? Are you ready to leave your family immediately after you finish school? Is it easy to rent a house or an apartment for students in Russia? As for the latest news, I have just returned from a trip to Scotland… Write a letter to Tom. In your letter Answer his questions Ask 3 questions about his trip to Scotland