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Personal letter writing. Tasks & Examples
You have received a letter from your English-speaking pen-friend who writes

See full size image...We moved to a new house a few weeks ago and I changed school. At first I was a bit afraid but I made new friends sooner than I expected. The teachers are nice and everything seems to be working out well. And what about you? Have you made any friends in your new school? Do you enjoy studying there? Have you got any new subjects this year?
I’ve got to go now! It’s time for my music lesson. Drop me a line when you can.
Lots of love,

Write a letter to Emily.
In your letter
 answer her questions and tell her about your new school
 ask 3 questions about her preferences in music


3 Spartakovskaya Street




Dear Emily,

Thank you for your letter. It was great to hear about your new house!

As for my new school, it’s very big! It has three computer rooms and wonderful sports facilities. Actually, it seems a nice place and I enjoy studying there. The kids in my class are very friendly. I’ve already made some new friends and we often meet after classes. I’ve got only one new subject this year. It’s Economics and I’m beginning to think that it’s not difficult, after all!

By the way, what music styles do you enjoy? Have you got any favourite bands? Would you like to go to their concert? As for me, I prefer Radiohead. They are cool!

I’d better go now. Mum wants me to help with the housework. Take care and stay in touch!

Lots of love,



Task 2.
You have received a letter from your English- speaking pen-friend Rob who writes
...and then there’s this chess tournament on Saturday. If I win, I’ll be the champion of our school. Who knows?
Oh, yeah. I wanted to ask you something. We have to write a report on technology for school. Could you tell me a few things about how you use technology in your life? You know, computers, mobiles, TV, that sort of things. Oh, and tell me something about the other members of your family, too, and how they use technology.
Anyway, I was talking to Sam the other day and he says that...

Write back to Rob.
In your letter
 answer his questions
 ask 3 questions about playing chess



14 Dubrovskaya Street




Dear Rob,

It was great to hear from you! I’m glad you managed to talk to Sam. Please give my best regards to him.

You asked me about technology. Well, I’ve got a new mobile. It’s got a camera so I’m taking lots of pictures at the moment. I’ve also got a computer but I use it mainly for surfing the Net. Of course we’ve got things like a TV, a DVD player and a music centre. My parents usually watch TV whereas my brother spends hours playing computer games.

Anyway, I’m glad you’ve made such progress in chess. Is it difficult to learn how to play it? Will I be able to do it on my own? How can I get started?

I’ve got to go now as I’m helping my Dad in the garage.

All the best,


Task 3.
This is part of a letter from Jane, your English pen-friend.
...My home town is rather small but I like it. The people here are very friendly and they try and keep our town clean and beautiful. And do you enjoy living in a big city? How do you spend your spare time there?
Anyway, I’m thinking of travelling around Russia next summer. Could you tell me what weather to expect? Should I take warm clothes with me?..

Write a letter to Jane.
In your letter
 answer her questions
 ask 3 questions about her home town


14 Pushkinskaya Street



May 19th

Dear Jane,

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you’re going to visit Russia. The weather in summer is usually hot so I don’t think you’ll need lots of warm clothes. However, you’d better take a jacket as nights can be quite cool.

In your letter you asked me about the life in a big city. As for me, I enjoy living in Moscow as there are lots of parks and cosy cafes, museums and galleries. In the evenings I usually go for a walk with my friends and at the weekend we go to the theatre or visit a museum. Have you got any museums in your town? Are they free for students? Are there any sports facilities?

I’d better go now as I’ve got to do my homework — boring! Can’t wait to see you!

Lots of love,



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