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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary
Here you can find IELTS speaking vocabulary for different topics you can face on IELTS Speaking test. Each word or phrase is followed by an example of its usage. Learn this advanced vocabulary and use it to gain more points on IELTS Speaking. You will enrich your English with uncommon lexical items, idioms and useful grammar.
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Letter structure

How to start and end the letter?

    1. Formal letter

      When you don’t know the recipient’s name:

      • Dear Sir … Yours faithfully
      • Dear Madam … Yours faithfully
      • Dear Sir or Madam … Yours faithfully

      When the recipient’s name is known:

      • Dear Mr Green … Yours sincerely
      • Dear Mrs Green … Yours sincerely
      • Dear Miss Green … Yours sincerely
      • Dear Ms Green … Yours sincerely
    1. Semi-formal letter

      When you are writing to a good friend or colleague:

      • Dear Jonh … Best wishes/ Best regards
      • Dear Jonh … Many thanks
  1. Informal letter

    When you are writing to a good friend or colleague:

    • Hello Jonh … Best wishes/ Best
    • Hi Jonh … See you/ Missing you/ Love

    When you are writing to someone you love:

    • Dear Mary … Yours always/ Lots of love

Letter openings

The letter’s first paragraph is letter opening. In your first paragraph you should:

  1. introduce yourself
  2. state the purpose of the letter.

Examples of formal letter openings:

  • I am writing to enquire about … .
  • I am writing to request … .
  • I am writing to explain why … .
  • I am writing to express interest in … .
  • I am writing to inform you that/about… .
  • I am writing to complain about (the fact that I)… .
  • After having seen your advertisement in … , I would like to… .
  • After having received your address from … , I … .
  • Thank you for your letter regarding/about … .
  • In reply to your letter of 18 June, … .

Examples of informal letter openings:

  • Hi! My name is Noah and I’ve been assigned your drama coach… .
  • Hello, My name is Julia and I’m volunteer conducting student excursions… .
  • Hi there, I hope you’re enjoying your holidays/ trip/ college year/ honeymoon… .
  • Hello, thanks very much for asking me to visit you … .

Letter closings

You may need a letter closing to express gratitude, to repeat an apology, to offer help etc.

Examples of formal letter closings:

  • If you require any further information, feel free to contact me.
  • I look forward to your reply.
  • I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Once again, I apologise for any inconvenience.
  • I would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.
  • I would deeply appreciate it if you could … .
  • Thank you in advance!
  • Thanking you for your assistance in advance, I look forward to hearing from you.

Examples of informal letter closings:

  • Anyway, I‛ve got to go now. Write again if you need any more information.
  • Well, let me finish here. I am eagerly waiting for your reply to this letter.