Writing to friends and relatives

The words and expressions below are often used by native speakers when writing to friends and relatives. Using them will help you write in an informal style and will also help you organise your letter into clear paragraphs. 
▶ Starting your letter 
• Thanks for your letter. 
• Lovely to hear from you. 
• How are you? 
• How are things? 
• Hope you’re well. 
▶ Commenting on something 
• I’m sorry to hear/learn … 
• I’m so pleased to hear … 
• It’s great to hear … 
• What wonderful news about … 
▶ Moving the topic on 
• Anyway, the reason I’m writing … 
• I thought I’d write to tell/ask you 
• Anyway, I was wondering … 
▶ Ending your letter 
• Well, that’s all for now 
• Write back soon 
• Looking forward to hearing from you again 
• All the best 
• Best wishes 
• See you soon 
• Take care 
• Yours 
• Love 
• Lots of love

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