What is an Informal Letter?
An informal letter, unlike a formal letter, is a type of letter you would write to your friends, relatives, and sometimes, acquaintances. In a broad sense, informal letters can be used when writing to anyone in a non-professional context.
FORMAT OF AN INFORMAL LETTER
Below are the elements of an informal letter
- Your address
- Sign off
Address – Your personal address should be located at the top right corner of the page.
Date – The date is usually located directly below your address (remember to leave a line). The month, day and year are the normal things to mention. Sometimes even only the month and day will be sufficient.
Salutation – Start with Dear, Hi, Hello followed by the first name of the person to whom you are writing. It is advisable to put a comma (,) after the person’s name.
Opening – The tone of an informal letter is fairly straightforward, and it is usually not as important as would be with a formal letter. However, there are still a few things that you should know about in terms of addressing someone properly in an informal latter.
Your opening should be casual, and not as stiff as they would be in formal letters.
- How are you?
- How have you been?
- How is life treating you?
- How are the kids?
- I hope you are doing well
Body – The contents of your letter should be written in a personal and friendly tone. However, it’s important to adjust your use of language to the person you are writing to. A good way of assessing how you should write is to think about how you would interact with the receiver of the letter.
Ending – Closing sentences examples:
- I am looking forward to seeing you.
- I can’t wait to see you soon.
- I can’t wait to hear from you.
- I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Sign off – In terms of signing off, the choice is yours and you have a lot of freedom here. Below are some examples: After the sign off, put a comma, and then write your name directly below anyone you choose.
- Kind regards
- Best regards
- Lots of love
SAMPLE OF AN INFORMAL LETTER
22, Olowu Street
Off Awolowo Way
25 October 2016
What’s up with you? Have you been grounded, or something? I can’t remember the last time I saw that your ‘vertically challenged’ body around!
Although it is official – you are the number one naughtiest friend ever, I am missing you kind of. Did I just say that? Well, yes… that’s because I’m missing you for real.
Seriously, why have you been missing in actions lately? I have so many updates for you (the kinds you wouldn’t want to miss for anything in the world), and I want to know stuff you’ve been up to as well.
We need to see, chum!
I will be at the Play Zone Arena by 10 a.m. this Saturday. Make sure you’re there. If you can’t find any excuse for your parents, steal one. You won’t disappoint me. I trust you.