Notes On Informal Letter Writing - Format and Sample - CBSE Class 9 English Writing Skills
     INFORMAL LETTER WRITING     An informal letter is referred to a personal letter usually written to friends or family members. Both formal and informal letter writing is an important communication skill.Since informal letters are written to close acquaintances, they have a personal tone to it. The language used is mostly casual and it can also have an emotional undertone to it. Informal letters do not follow any specific pattern or format.Usually informal letters are written to convey some message, news, giving advice, congratulating the recipient, requesting information, asking questions, etc.   FORMAT   There is no particular format for Informal letters.But there is a general pattern that everyone follows. One can follow certain guidelines to write  effective and attractive informal letters.     Address : The first thing that is to be written in the letter is the address of the writer which is the sender’s address. It should be written on the top left corner of the page. The addressee should be accurate and complete. The address should be mentioned properly so that the recipient can easily reply back to the same address.   Date : Just below the address we write the date. It becomes a reference to the reader as to when the letter was written. Formal or informal, it is always a good idea to have the letters dated for better understanding of the events.   Greeting : The next line is the greeting.Since we know our reader ,we can write the greeting accordingly.   Introduction : The introduction sets the tone of the whole letter.Usually the first paragraph is about telling about your well being and asking about the reader’s well being. Try to keep the opening paragraph casual and comforting.   Body : The overall tone of the body is usually friendly.But even then the letter’s language should be adjusted according to whom you are writing. One should keep in mind that if the letter is being written to a friend or to a elderly person. If it is being addressed to an elderly person then the writing should be extremely respectful and considerate.   Conclusion : In the last paragraph, sum up the reason for writing the letter.End the letter with an affectionate and meaningful goodbye. Also invite the reader to write back to you.   Signature : There is no strict format in informal letter.One can sign off as however they please   Sample letters      1.Write a letter to your friend congratulating him on his success in class 12 board exam.     B-32, sector-11   Rohini   New Delhi-110034   July 10, 2018   Dear Agyat,   My happiness knew no bounds when I got to know that you have topped your school and achieved your dream. I felt so pleased that I wish I were there to congratulate you personally. The result has proved that hard work, determination and perseverance brings good results. You were so laborious and passionate about it. I know you were very nervous too, but I was always very confident that you would come out with flying colours. I apologise that I couldn’t even attend the celebration party despite my wishes.   Hope to see you soon. Please be encouraged and continue your hard work. Your future is very bright. My parents and elder sister have sent lots of love and heartiest congratulations.   With lots of love and best wishes.   Yours lovingly   Shikha      2. You are Aakriti .Write a letter to your friend describing your boarding school in about 120-150 words.     C-52, sector-A   Resham Bihar   New Delhi-110085   April 15, 2018   Dear Mohini   How have you been? I hope my letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. It has been almost a month since I transferred to the boarding school. I am very happy in my new school. The classes and dormitories are very spacious. There are well equipped science laboratories and a library with a great collection of books. The school has amazing sports facilities such as swimming pool, horse riding track and archery range.   I believe my life here will be interesting and enjoyable. Although I have made many new friends, I still miss you and the other friends. Please, pay my regards to your parents.   Yours sincerely   Aakriti

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     INFORMAL LETTER WRITING     An informal letter is referred to a personal letter usually written to friends or family members. Both formal and informal letter writing is an important communication skill.Since informal letters are written to close acquaintances, they have a personal tone to it. The language used is mostly casual and it can also have an emotional undertone to it. Informal letters do not follow any specific pattern or format.Usually informal letters are written to convey some message, news, giving advice, congratulating the recipient, requesting information, asking questions, etc.   FORMAT   There is no particular format for Informal letters.But there is a general pattern that everyone follows. One can follow certain guidelines to write  effective and attractive informal letters.     Address : The first thing that is to be written in the letter is the address of the writer which is the sender’s address. It should be written on the top left corner of the page. The addressee should be accurate and complete. The address should be mentioned properly so that the recipient can easily reply back to the same address.   Date : Just below the address we write the date. It becomes a reference to the reader as to when the letter was written. Formal or informal, it is always a good idea to have the letters dated for better understanding of the events.   Greeting : The next line is the greeting.Since we know our reader ,we can write the greeting accordingly.   Introduction : The introduction sets the tone of the whole letter.Usually the first paragraph is about telling about your well being and asking about the reader’s well being. Try to keep the opening paragraph casual and comforting.   Body : The overall tone of the body is usually friendly.But even then the letter’s language should be adjusted according to whom you are writing. One should keep in mind that if the letter is being written to a friend or to a elderly person. If it is being addressed to an elderly person then the writing should be extremely respectful and considerate.   Conclusion : In the last paragraph, sum up the reason for writing the letter.End the letter with an affectionate and meaningful goodbye. Also invite the reader to write back to you.   Signature : There is no strict format in informal letter.One can sign off as however they please   Sample letters      1.Write a letter to your friend congratulating him on his success in class 12 board exam.     B-32, sector-11   Rohini   New Delhi-110034   July 10, 2018   Dear Agyat,   My happiness knew no bounds when I got to know that you have topped your school and achieved your dream. I felt so pleased that I wish I were there to congratulate you personally. The result has proved that hard work, determination and perseverance brings good results. You were so laborious and passionate about it. I know you were very nervous too, but I was always very confident that you would come out with flying colours. I apologise that I couldn’t even attend the celebration party despite my wishes.   Hope to see you soon. Please be encouraged and continue your hard work. Your future is very bright. My parents and elder sister have sent lots of love and heartiest congratulations.   With lots of love and best wishes.   Yours lovingly   Shikha      2. You are Aakriti .Write a letter to your friend describing your boarding school in about 120-150 words.     C-52, sector-A   Resham Bihar   New Delhi-110085   April 15, 2018   Dear Mohini   How have you been? I hope my letter finds you in the best of health and spirits. It has been almost a month since I transferred to the boarding school. I am very happy in my new school. The classes and dormitories are very spacious. There are well equipped science laboratories and a library with a great collection of books. The school has amazing sports facilities such as swimming pool, horse riding track and archery range.   I believe my life here will be interesting and enjoyable. Although I have made many new friends, I still miss you and the other friends. Please, pay my regards to your parents.   Yours sincerely   Aakriti
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