3 The invitation letter is one type of the personal letter. INTRODUCTIONThe invitation letter is one type of the personal letter.
4 The form of the normal personal letter 34, Coolgardie Avenue,Highams park, ALondon E4 9HP20 July BDear Alan, CDr/Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Wicks,I’m writing to you … DLETTERLove, EYours (sincerely) ,` Robert (Bridge)
5 LANGUAGE NOTESYour address always goes in the top right-hand corner. The address of the person you’re writing to does not appear in a personal letter.The date always goes under the address. This can be written as: Tuesday, 20th July or July 20th or 20/7/84 or
6 Dear + Christian name or Dear + Title + Surname are the only address forms. The first line of the letter usually starts below the end of the address form.
7 Love and variations (lots of love etc Love and variations (lots of love etc.) are intimate or affectionate; Yours is friendly without expressing intimacy; Yours sincerely is quite formal in a personal letter. There are other very personal and individual ways of ending a personal letter that you’ll develop naturally with close friends.
8 MODELThis is a letter of invitation from a man and woman to a friend of the same age to come and stay with them.
9 Well, think about it, and we both hope you can come. 26 Hope RoadTORQUAYDevon TQ 6 8PR26 October 1984Dear Jo,I’ve just heard from your parents that you’re back in England and looking for a new job. While you’re waiting, why don’t you come down and see us for a few days or longer – we’re got a spare room? It hasn’t begun to rain yet so, with luck we ought to be able to visit a few places in the area, even take a walk on Dartmoor.Well, think about it, and we both hope you can come.Love,Liz ( and Robert).
10 LANGUAGE NOTESThe expression of invitation in this letter was ‘… why don’t you come…’Other are: ‘How about coming…’‘We think it’d be a good idea …’
11 More tentative invitations would use expressions like: ‘Is there any chance of you/your coming…’‘We were wondering if you could/wanted to come…’
12 Invitations to people of a different age of to people you don’t know very well would use expressions like:‘We would like to ask you to come…’‘We wondered if you’d like to come..’‘We would like to invite you to…’
13 PRACTICE Practice 1 Write A or B A You are having a dinner party. Invite a friend – in a letter, not a note – to the party. Give the details.B The parents of a very close friend have decided to visit your country for a holiday. You don’t know them very well, but would l like to offer them hospitality or your time as a guide.
14 Practice 2Write a or BA You’d like to go to Yugoslavia for a holiday next summer. Write and invite to go with you.B You’re going to be in London for a couple of night. Two British friends of yours live there. Invite them out for a meal – at your expense – while you’re there.