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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 16 Writing a letter in Spanish Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?

Hoy vamos a practicar palabras y frases típicas que usamos cuando escribimos una carta en español. Today we are going to practice typical words and phrases that we use when we write a letter in Spanish.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 16

1. First, let’s practice the greetings we use when writing a letter in Spanish:

Can you tell me two informal greetings?
And now two formal ones?

2. Next I will say a few greetings in Spanish and I would like you to tell me if they are used in formal or informal situations:

Estimado señor
Muy señor mío

3. Let´s practice now expressions to begin the body of the letter. How would you say the following expressions in Spanish?

I am contacting you (One person / Formal)
Sorry I haven´t written to you earlier, but…. (One person / Informal)
I was thinking of you and…. (Group / Informal)
In relation to…
I am writing to tell you ….(Group / Formal)

4. Now, we will practice different ways to say goodbye when writing a letter in Spanish:

Please tell me four different ways to finish a Spanish letter in a formal way

5. Finally, can you tell me what these Spanish phrases mean?

Un abrazo
Con cariño

Esto es todo por hoy.

I hope you have enjoyed practicing these typical Spanish words and phrases used when writing a letter. If you want to improve, the best thing to do is actually practice writing proper letters in Spanish. Nowadays, of course, you will be probably using these skills to write emails rather than letters, but it is more or less the same. So imagine formal or informal situations when you would have to write an email to someone at give it a go. If you know someone who speaks Spanish, I am sure they would love to receive more emails from you and you can try out lots of new words and phrases. You will see how quickly you improve if you practice often.

Nos vemos pronto con más prácticas de español . ¡Adiós!

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1. (Posible answers)


Querido – Informal
Apreciado – Formal
Estimado señor – Formal
Hola – Informal
Muy señor mío – Formal

Me dirijo a usted…
Siento mucho no haberte escrito antes pero…
Me he acordado de vosotros y…
En relación con…
Les escribo para cominicarles…

4. (Possible answer)
Un atento saludo
Reciban un cordial saludo
Atentamente le saluda

A hug/Love
With love

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.