Writing focus III. Informal email. Tips for a great writing.

Siguiendo nuestra serie de consejos para writing, esta semana nos centramos en un email informal. Escribir un email informal es mucho más sencillo que uno formal porque se trata de escribir de forma natural. Aunque es uno de los writings más fáciles, al tratarse de un examen (tanto de la Escuela Oficial de Idiomas como de Cambridge), hay ciertos aspectos a tener en cuenta. Tendrás que saber cómo dar una noticia, pedir más información, dar la enhorabuena a alguien, dar consejos y también hacer preguntas. Aparte de esto, tendrás que ceñirte a la estructura de una carta o un email informal:

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  • Saludos y despedidas informales
  • Dirigirse usando el nombre proprio
  • Usar phrasal verbs, abreviaciones
  • Hacer contracciones
  • Utilizar frases cortas y espontaneas, lenguaje conversacional

Empezaremos nuestro email con un saludo inicial, seguiremos con la introducción, el desarrollo, la despedida y finalmente el saludo final.

Para el saludo inicial podemos utilizar Dear, seguido del nombre pero también un simple Hello, o Hi, es apropiado. Podemos incluir alguna de estas expresiones:

  • How are you? / How have the family been?/I hope you are well.
  • How is it going? /How are you doing?

En el examen se suele pedir responder al email de un amigo así que también podemos incluir:

  • It’s great to hear from you!
  • It’s good to have news from you!
  • Thank you/Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter
  • It was good/nice/great to hear from you again
  • I was so surprised to hear that….
  • I’m sorry I haven’t written/haven’t been in touch for so long
  • It’s been ages since I’ve heard from you. I hope you’re well.

Estos saludos y expresiones nos valen tanto para los exámenes oficiales de B1 como para los de B2 (EOI o Cambridge).

En la introducción de un email informal, la persona a quien escribimos ya nos conoce, así que podemos ir directamente al grano. Algunas expresiones para introducir sobre lo que vas a escribir:

  • I can’t wait to visit you!
  • I’m so excited about our plans together!
  • We are all so happy you are coming to visit!
  • I’m writing to ask you if you could do me a favour
  • I’m writing to thank you for your hospitality/ the wonderful present….

En los siguientes párrafos (desarrollo) tienes que responder a lo que te plantee el examen, que normalmente está relacionado con la visita de un amigo. Usa expresiones coloquiales como:

  • I’m thrilled about our trip to the lake!
  • It’s gonna be awesome!
  • Listen, did I tell you about…? You’ll never believe what….
  • Oh, and another thing… This is just to let you know that…
  • Ithought you might be interested to hear about…
  • I was wondering if you’d like to go to the theatre
  • Could you let me know if you’d like to join us?
  • Thank you for asking but I’m afraid I won’t be able to….
  • I wonder if you could help me
  • I’d be very/really/terribly grateful if you could…
  • I really appreciated all your help/advice
  • Congratulations on your excellent exam results!
  • I wish you good luck with your driving test/interview
  • Don’t worry! I’m sure you’ll do well
  • Don’t forget to….
  • Why don’t you…?/Maybe you could…..?/How about….?
  • I’ m sure you’ll enjoy……/If you like, we can……

También puedes incluir expresiones como: LOL (laugh out loud), FYI (for your information), BTW (by the way), TBH (to be honest). EX: FYI, I don’t think I will be on time to pick you up at the airport. I recently took up theatre and the rehearsal for the play is on Friday, LOL. I’m a bit nervous, TBH.

El final de tu carta/email informal es tan importante como el principio. Hay algunas maneras estándar de de finalizarlo(a).

  • Da una razón porque tienes que acabar la carta: Anyway, I must go and get on with my work/ I guess it’s time I got on with that studying I’ve been avoiding
  • Manda saludos y haz referencia para estar en contacto en el futuro:
  • Give my love/regards to…
  • Say hello to…
  • Anyway, don’t forget to let me know the dates of the party.
  • I’ll try and phone you at the weekend
  • we must try and meet up soon/
  • I can’t wait to hear from you
  • Look forward to seeing you again
  • Hope to hear from you soon
  • See you soon/Write soon
  • Para el saludo final utiliza una de estas expresiones. Recuerda que tienes que escribirlo en una línea nueva.
  • Love, /Lots of love,
  • All the best,
  • Take care,
  • Best wishes
  • Firmamos la carta utilizando nuestro nombre y lo hacemos en una línea nueva.

A continuación, os dejamos una sample task y sample answer para que analicéis la estructura y el contenido. Después de haber leído esta publicación y analizado el modelo de email/carta, os invitamos a poner en practica lo aprendido, escribiendo un email sobre la siguiente tarea:

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Sample task: You have received this email from an English-speaking boy called Simon.

I would like to get to know someone from your country and a friend has told me that you would like to practise your English. Perhaps we could email each other. Could you tell me a bit about yourself and your family? Could you suggest how we might meet sometime in the future?

Write your email in 140-190 words in an appropriate style.

Model answer

Hello Simon,
I’m glad you’re interested in my country. As your friend said, I’d like us to email each other to help me improve your English.
Let me start by telling you a bit about myself and my family. My name’s Ivo and I live in Kutna Hora, which is about 45 minutes from Prague by car. I used to work for a medical company but now I’m learning to be a salesperson. In the future I want a job where I can travel for my work. I’ve already been to a few places in Europe but I’ve never been to an English-speaking country.
I live at home with my parents, which is convenient, as I don’t have to do much housework and my meals are cooked for me. My younger brother is studying at university. Although he is four years younger than me, we get on quite well. We both enjoy snowboarding and music.
What about you? Have you ever been to the Czech Republic? It would be great if you could come over one day and we could fix up a meeting. Why don’t you let me know your plans?
Anyway, I must go and get on with my work! Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Best wishes,

(+/- 190 words)

Después de haber leído esta publicación y analizado el modelo de email/carta, os invitamos a poner en practica lo aprendido, escribiendo un email sobre la siguiente tarea:


You have received this email from your English-speaking friend, Jean.

I hear you organised a surprise birthday party for your mother. I’d love to hear about it. What kind of party did you organise? Who did you invite? How did it go? Do tell me.

Write your email in 140-190 words in an appropriate style.







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