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1 A French Informal Letter Paris, le 16 août 2010 When writing an informal letter it is customary not to include either your own or the addressee’s address.In this type of letter, people often write the name of the place they are in, followed by the date at the top of the page, on the right. The place is the town, city, village or other recognizable location.In writing the date, the day number is preceded by le.Note also that in French, unlike in English, names of the month are not capitalized. The convention is to write dates: day-month-year.More informally you can write this information in numerals:
2 GreetingsIn informal letters or when you know the addressee well, an opening following cher/chère or mon cher/ma chère is appropriate:Cher Matthieu, Chère Béatrice, Chers Béatrice et Matthieu, Chers tous, (Dear all,) Mon cher Papa,Ma chère Béatrice,
3 Goodbyes, go on the bottom left of your letter and are followed by your name (on the next line). With warm regardsChaleureusement,In friendshipBien amicalement,Your friendAmitiés,Best wishesMeilleurs pensées,Yours,Bien à toi,AffectionatelyAffectueusement,( never from a boy to a boy)Best wishes to allBien des choses à tous,Love / With loveJe t'embrasse,Lots of loveBons baisers,Hugs and kissesBises !Lots of hugs and kissesGrosses bises !(never from a boy to a boy)
4 Other useful phrases Well that’s all! Voilà! C’est tout. Write to me soonÉcris-moi bientôt/vite.That’s all for nowC’est tout pour l’instant.I have to leave youJe dois te laisser.I look forward to hearing from youJ’attends ta réponse avec impatience.
5 Addressing the envelope Your return address should be written on the back of the envelope (althought it can be written on the top left as well) after the word: Exp. (short for Expéditeur/-trice “sender”). An example would be along the lines of:Exp.: Sarah Fowler350 N Arizona AveChandler, AZ 85225USAThere are NO punctuations anywhere in a French address!
6 The address itselfSome people prefer to write the recipient's last name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, but it is not necessary.Lines from the street address down are supposed to be in all capital lettersThe French postal service prefers the WHOLE address in CAPS-name, last name, street, city, country)Madame DUVAL27 rue Pasteur14390 CABOURGFRANCE[Name][street address (house/building number street name)][postal code + city](You may precede the postal code withFrance's country code and adash, e.g. FR *Do not use both)
10 Letter requirementsLocation, date (on top right)GreetingBody (remember MINIMUM 5 Qs + 5 facts about self)A phrase to wrap up letterGoodbyeSign nameDEVOIRS: Re-write letter on nice paper, put it in an envelope, address the envelope, draw stamp.