|| Dear (first name),
|| Thank you/Many thanks for your (recent/last) letter/postcard.
It was good/nice to hear from you recently.
Iím sorry I havenít written/been in touch for such a long time.
Itís ages since Iíve heard from you. I hope youíre/you and your family are well.
|| Hi! How are the things? How are you? Howís it going?
| Referring to their news
|| Great news about Ö Glad to hear that Ö Sorry to hear about Ö
| Giving news
|| Listen, did I tell you about Ö Youíll never believe what Ö
Oh, and another thing Ö This is just to let you know that Ö
I thought you might be interested to hear about/know that Ö
By the way, have you heard about/did you know that Ö
|| Iím writing to apologise for missing your party but Iím afraid I was with flu.
Iím really sorry that I forgot to send you a birthday card but I was busy with my new job.
If you let me know where you bought it/how much it cost Iíll gladly pay for it/replace it.
Please let me know how much the bill is and Iíll gladly pay it.
|| Iím/Weíre having a party on Friday 19th and I/we hope youíll be able to come.
Would you like to come/go to see ĎRoom With a Viewí with me at the weekend.
I was wondering if youíd like to go to the theatre/come on holiday with us?
Could you let me/us know if you can come/youíd like to join us?
Thank you vary much for your invitation. Iíd love to come.
Thank you for asking/inviting me to Ö but Iím afraid I wonít be able to Ö
|| Iím writing to ask for your help/you (if you could do me) a favour.
I wonder if/I was wondering if you could help me/do me a favour.
I hope you donít mind me asking but could you (possibly) Ö?
Iíd be very/really/terribly grateful if you could Ö
| Thank you
|| Iím writing to thank you for your hospitality/the wonderful present.
It was so kind of you to invite me to stay with you.
I really appreciated all your help/advice.
Congratulations on passing your exams/your excellent exam results!
I wish you good luck/Good luck in/with your exams/your driving test/your interview.
Donít worry, Iím sure youíll do well/pass.
Do be on time, wonít you, and donít forget to Ö
| Making suggestions and recommend.
|| Why donít you Ö? Maybe you could Ö? How about Ö?
You canít leave New York without doing sth
Iím sure you will enjoy doing sth If you like, we can Ö
Do visit somewhere Donít forget to do sth (Imperative -> Strong Recommendation)
Iím told that Ö People say that Ö (If you heard sth is good)
|| Give my love/regards to Ö Say hello to Ö Hope to hear from you soon.
See you soon! Write soon. Once again, thank you for all your help.
| Signing off
Lots of love,
|| First name