IELTS Letter to a Friend

by Gagan
(Amritsar)

Your friend is thinking about learning to drive and would like some advice. Write a letter to your friend.

- Say why a driving license is advantageous
- Recommend a driving school
- Give extra guidance/ tips


Dear Albert

I am glad to hear that you have decided to learn driving. The idea of learning to drive will definitely change your life.

But firstly, you need to have driving license which can be a way round to remove all the restrictions to drive anywhere with freedom. You will be independent in handling routine tasks for instance office, shopping etc. Moreover it is a social and legal responsibility of being an ideal citizen.

Secondly, you need to search a good driving school with supportive & experience instructors. I would like to recommend the Hall Driving School in the down town. I, myself, have learnt from this renowned driving school. All the instructors are well trained and experienced professionals. The medium of instructions include both theoretical as well as practical aspects. Moreover, you will also learn the traffic rules as well which are the foremost important in today’s life.

To become proficient in all aspects you have to appear for an exam to test you knowledge of driving before obtaining license. I think, a two –week course will be sufficient for you to be perfect and clear the driving trust.

I hope my advice will serve the purpose. Looking forward to hear from you.

Love,
Robert

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Moving to a New House

by Mojisola
(Nigeria)

You have recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to an English speaking Friend. In your letter:

- Explain why you have moved
- Describe the new apartment
- Invite him to pay a visit.



Dear Kola,

Trust you are good, hope you have settled down at work.

I am writing you to inform you that I have finally moved from my old house. As mentioned to you in my last letter to you, My Landlady wanted to renovate the house hence she gave her tenants six months notice to move out of the house.

I was lucky, I got an apartment not to far from my son's school and my place of work. The apartment cost less and it is way bigger than my previous apartment.

I particularly like this apartment because its has a big kitchen with an in-built dish washer and a lovely terrace where my son can play with his friends.

I am confident that you will love my new home. I hope you and your daughter, Dara will come to visit us soon.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Mojisola

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IELTS Letter - Selling a TV

by ADIL - adilalaamri96@gmail.com
(Oman)

You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain:

1. Why you are selling the television

2. Describe the television

3. Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it


Hey my friend, how are you? I hope you're good. I sent these letter to you to inform you that I want to sell my T.V, so I thought I suppose to ask you first I you want to bay it.

I bought a new T.V last week, it’s a new model that it came recently to the shops, it’s a smart T.V which means you can touch the screen as the smart phones. So, I think I don’t need for my old T.V because there is no space for it.

Now here are some details about the old T.V perhaps you want to bay it. It’s an original one which had made by a very famous electronic company called LG, I think you know it. It has a built in receiver and DVD so you don’t need to buy them. Also it has to remotes, one for the receiver and other one for the DVD.

You have the choice if you want it or not. I won’t ask to another person to buy it until I receive your answer. I’ll wait for until next Sunday which going to be the 3rd of March.

Yours,

Adil

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IELTS House Sitting Letter

by Vadim Klimenko
(Baku)

Dear ielts buddy, please give feedback on my IELTS Task 1 General Training Letter

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

• give contact details for when you are away
• give instructions about how to care for your pet
• describe other household duties

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Dear Shamil,

Thank you very much for confirming your readiness to take care of my house and dog. I really appreciate your help as it makes my trip much more comfortable.

Please be informed that I will be in London till June 15th and you can call my UK cell number. In the mid of June I plan to fly to Chicago, so please send me a message via whatsapp if you have any question then.

As I said earlier, it's required to walk with the dog, Sher, at least on early mornings and on evenings. You may take the dog to the small park near the Baku-Astrakhan friendship monument or to the boulevard if you have time for longer walk. The dog food is on the bottom shelf of the refrigirator. Please give no more than one can of the food per day to Sher. I also want to ask you to water all flowers twice per week. The only exception is the flower at the kitchen, which doesn't require water at all. In the case if you find any utility bill in the post-box, just place it on my table.

Thanks again for agreeing to help me with these duties. I will be happy to do the same for you when you go for your holidays to Rio.

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Moving House

by Shamim Raihan
(Dhaka, Bangladesh)

You have recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to an English speaking Friend. In your letter:

- Explain why you have moved
- Describe the new apartment
- Invite him to pay a visit.


Dear John,

Hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to let you know that we moved to a new place last month.

There are a range of reasons behind moving to a new address. First of all, you know I have changed my job recently so the new job location was very far from my old address. It is now very convenient from my new home. Secondly, my parents come from Australia and will be living with us from now on. So, It became very difficult to accommodate 4 people in our old place. That’s why we needed to shift.

You will be happy to see our new apartment.It is on the sixth floor of a ten story building. We have 2 master bedrooms and a small bedroom. In addition to that, It has 2 washrooms, a kitchen and a huge living room where we watch TV.I must not forget to say, my bedroom has a beautiful view of a park outside. Most importantly this apartment has a lot of open space that we love most.

Last but not least, please pay as a visit anytime soon. We will love to see you here. I bet you will not regret the visit.

Please let me know when you are coming. I will look forward to hearing from you.

Yours,
Sam

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Selling a Television

by Yumi
(SP, Brazil)

You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter:

- Explain why you are selling the television
- Describe the television
- Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it


Dear John,

6 months ago I bought a brand new LG 42' LCD screen television since, at that time, I was moving to a new house and wanted all my stuff to be new: this TV was placed in my living room along with my new sound system. I had one TV and brought it with me, too, but I decided to put it in my room. That one is not so modern but it has wi-fi connection, so it suits my needs.

It happens that all the expenses with my moving were beyond my plans and I ended up deciding to sell this new TV to make some extra money. When thinking about someone that could have it, you came to my mind. I remember that you were after a 4K TV with integrated wi-fi connection and lots of HDMI slots and mine does have all of that! Besides, it is so lightweight that even your little brother can carry it.

I know you are around town this month, so why don’t you come over and have a look at it? I’ll be at home all day long on weekends. If you want to stop by on weekdays, just let me know. I can make it after 18PM if you wish. We can agree on a great price.

Let me know what you think! Call me on my phone of text me.

Mary.

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Help from a Friend Abroad

by Deeuce


You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

- give details of your study plans
- explain why you want to get a part-time job
- suggest how your friend could help you find a job


Dear Josh,

Warm greetings from Nepal. I hope you are doing well. I am really happy to know about your promotion recently and wish you very best in your future endeavors.

You would be happy to know that I have been accepted to southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the Masters in Marketing Research program. I am excited as well as concerned to take such a big step in my life, especially for the reason of funding. I have very limited funding available from my school - barely enough to stay - and thinking of looking for a part time job. I can earn for my food and other expenses and spend some during good-times when visiting your place.

I was hoping if you could inquire in some of the stores nearby for job vacancies at your convenience. I will much appreciate your help and can't wait to see you soon.

Warm Regards,
Deeuce

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Holiday Invitation

by katiss
(USA)

A friend who lives in another country has invited to you come and stay with him/her on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:


Thank him/her for the invitation

Explain why you cannot come

Give him/her your other news



Dear Rosella,
how are you doing? When I got your letter last week I realized we haven‘t talked in month. Thank you so much for including the pictures of your new house and inviting us to visit you in Brazil this summer. I always wanted to go there, but I am afraid we will not be able to make it this summer. Maybe you can visit us instead in Australia? We have just moved to the coast 3 month ago and I have decided to quit my office job. Instead we are now running a small café in a historic beach house. It is quite exciting, but also a lot of work: I get up at 5 a.m. every morning and we usually close after 11 p.m. The house was quite run down when we bought it, but now it looks fantastic. Obviously, I can not close the café for several weeks during summer as we just opened a few weeks ago. We also adopted a puppy named „Spotty“ we can not take on the trip. I attached a few pictures to the letter and I hope they will convince you to come here this summer. Just let me know.
Yours Sincerely,
A. B.

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Corrected Version:


Dear Rosella,

How are you doing?

When I got your letter last week, I realized we haven‘t talked in months. Thank you so much for including the pictures of your new house and inviting us to visit you in Brazil this summer.

I’ve always wanted to go there, but I'm afraid we be able to make it this summer. Maybe you can visit us instead in Australia? We have just moved to the coast 3 months ago and I've decided to quit my office job. Instead we are now running a small café in a historic beach house.

It's quite exciting, but also a lot of work: I get up at 5 a.m. every morning and we usually close after 11 p.m. The house was quite run down when we bought it, but now it looks fantastic. Obviously, I can't close the café for several weeks during summer as we just opened a few weeks ago.

We also adopted a puppy named ”Spotty“ who we can't take on the trip. I’ve attached a few pictures to the letter and I hope they will convince you to come here this summer. Just let me know.

Hopefully see you soon,

Yours Sincerely,
Best wishes,
A. B.

FURTHER COMMENTS

It’s a good letter that fully answers all the points needed. Here are some other comments.

Paragraphs

I’m not sure if it is an IT error, but there were no paragraphs in the version I got. Make sure you break up your letter into paragraphs.

Complex Sentences

You should try and fit a few more of these in as the examiner will look out for them. For example, you could have done this:

Although I’ve always wanted to go there, I am afraid we will not be able to make it this summer.


Closing a Letter

You closed your letter incorrectly. 'Sincerely' is for formal letters.

Informal letters use 'best wishes' or 'best regards'.

See this lesson on how to open and close a letter.

Your letter also seemed to close a bit suddenly, which is why I added that last sentence.

Abbreviations

It's also ok to use short forms or abbreviations in informal letters which is why I changed them in yours. There was nothing wrong with the grammar.

Present Perfect

You wrote:

We have just moved to the coast 3 months ago


'ago' is used with the past simple, not present perfect so it does not look right. That's why I changed it to past simple.

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Returning a Forgotten Item

by appz

You have just spent a week with a friend on holiday. When you got home you realized you left your wallet there.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

1. Thank your friend for the holiday
2. Explain that you left your wallet in their house
3. Give them instructions of how to sent it back to you


Hi Latha

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. Although it’s just been a week that we met, it feels like ages.

I totally enjoyed the week spent with you and your family in New York. It was the best holiday that I have ever had and must say your kids are adorable. The time spent with them in the city park was so much fun. I can’t thank you enough for such an organized and fun filled holiday.

Actually on returning home, I realized that I left my wallet in your house. I have been so careless recently and all my cards and work id is in that wallet

So could you please courier it to my work address at the earliest since I recently shifted my apartment and is not sure with postal code yet. My work address is mentioned in the business card I gave you.

Thank you so much again for such a memorable holiday and do visit us on your next vacation.

Take care
Aparna

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Selling A Television

by Anshu
(Bangalore)

You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter:

- Explain why you are selling the television.
- Describe the television.
- Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it.


Dear Suzana,

Hope you are doing well, I am doing fine too.

As you know i am moving abroad next month and there are lot of things at home which i do not want to take along with me. Television is one such item which i am planning to sale at cheaper & reasonable price.

It is 40 inch sony TV with LED screen bought in year 2016, have all the latest features such USB port & internet connectivity, you can watch movies , music and can do lot of things.

I’m leaving the country next month, which is only 4 weeks away, so let me know if you want to see it, it would be best to come on 20th or 21st. That will give me time to sell it elsewhere if you are not interested.

Ok, I look forward to seeing you. Let me know if you can’t make it.

All the best,
Anshu




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