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Spanish Lesson Intermediate 16 Writing a letter Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

Hola. ¿Qué tal?

Hoy vamos a ver cómo escribir una carta en español. I am going to show you some of the typical expressions that we use when writing a formal letter and others that we use when we write a letter to a friend.

Let’s start by looking at the greetings we make at the start of a letter:

• Estimado/a señor/a: Dear sir/madam (formal)
• Apreciado/a………: Dear …….. (formal)
• Muy señor mío: My dear sir (very formal)
• Muy señores míos: My dear sir/madam (very formal)
• Distinguido señor: Dear sir (formal)
• Querido/a …….: Dear ………… (informal)
• ¡Hola!: Hello/Hi (informal)

Beginning of the body of the letter:

• En relación con…: In relation to…
• Te/Le/Os/Les escribo porque…: I am writing to you because…
• Me he acordado de ti/usted/vosotros/ustedes y ….: I was thinking of you and….
• Me dirijo a usted/ustedes…: I am contacting you …. (formal)
• Me complace ponerme en contacto con usted/ustedes…: It gives me great pleasure to contact you ….(formal)
• Le/Les escribo para comunicarles…: I am writing to tell you ….(formal)
• Siento mucho no haberte/haberos/haberle/haberles escrito antes, pero…: Sorry I haven´t written to you earlier, but….

To say goodbye:

• Con cariño: With love
• Saludos a………….: Give my regards to………….
• Atentamente: Yours sincerely
• Un atento saludo: Yours sincerely
• Reciban un cordial saludo: Yours sincerely
• Atentamente le saluda: Yours sincerely
• Se despide atentamente: Yours sincerely
• En espera de su respuesta, reciba un cordial saludo: Waiting for your reply, yours sincerely
• Dándole las gracias de antemano, le saluda atentamente: Thanking you in advance, yours sincerely
• Expresándole mi agradecimiento por anticipado, le saluda atentamente: Thanking you in advance, yours sincerely
• Sin otro particular, se despide atentamente: With nothing further to add, yours sincerely
• Un abrazo: A hug/Love
• Besos: Kisses/Love
• Un beso: A kiss/Love

Bueno, pues estas son todas las expresiones. Para practicar intenta escribir una carta informal y una carta formal. The more letters you practice writing, the better you will remember the expressions and the better your letters will start to flow. If you don’t know any native Spanish speakers who would appreciate a letter, try just writing imaginary letters on subjects that interest you. As always, the key to learning any foreign language is to practice with material and topics that genuinely interest and excite you. I hope that you have enjoyed this lesson and wish you every success with your Spanish studies.

Que paséis un buen día y hasta pronto.


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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.