Letter Writing in Spanish – Spanish Study Guides for GCSE, CSEC, K12

Letter Writing in Spanish – Spanish Study Guides for GCSE, CSEC, K12

SPANISH LETTER WRITING 

In Spanish, as in English, there are two different types of letters: - 

  • Formal/ Business letters 
  • Informal letters

 

The different elements of general Spanish letters include: 

  • The date 
  • The name/ address of the recipient 
  • Greetings 
  • The Body 
  • The Closing Remarks 
  • Your signature 
  • A return address (optional) 

 

FORMAL LETTERS 

Beginning a formal letter in Spanish has to be done on the left hand corner at the top of your page. In this space, the date, the name, address, state and country of the recipient has to be included. 

 

The next step is the greeting or salutation. If you are writing a formal letter to an unknown recipient, an appropriate greeting is “Muy Señor Mío” for a man or  “Muy Señora Mía” for a woman. If not even the gender is known, use the masculine form. If you already know the person by name you may use one of the following depending on his/ her gender: - “Estimado Señor José” (male) or “Estimada Señora Miguel” (female). 

 

The body will contain the information to be sent via your letter. In this part, you are allowed to be somewhat creative, that is, there is no specific manner in which you have to write the body for a formal letter. 

 

Closing a formal letter in Spanish is quite simple because you have many options from which to choose. These are: - “A la espera de sus prontas noticias, le saluda atentamente”, “Le saluda atentamente”, “Atentamente”, “Un cordial saludo”, or “Cordialmente.”  


SPECIMEN OF A FORMAL LETTER IN SPANISH 

13 de junio de 2008 

Señor Carlos Oviedo 

c/ Fernando de la Selva, 34 

Andalucía España 

 

Estimado señor Oviedo: 

 

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A la espera de sus prontas noticias, le espera atentamente. 

 

 

 

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Juana Alvera 

 


INFORMAL LETTERS  

Unlike formal letters, informal letters have a very short introduction. All that is needed is the town in which the writer is located and the date. They are written on the same line, at the top right hand corner, separated only by a comma. 

The next step is the greeting. There is only one common form for informal letters but it is changed to cater for changes in gender. This form is “Querido/a/os/as” followed by the person/s name/s.  

As with formal letters, the content of the body is left up to the writer and his/ her intentions for communicating through letter writing. 

The closing is the last step. Common endings for informal letters include: - “Besos”, “Un Abrazo”, “Un fuerte abrazo de tu amigo”, “Con amistad”, “Con cariño”, “Un afectuoso saludo”, or “Afectuosamente.” 

 

SPECIMEN OF AN INFORMAL LETTER IN SPANISH 

 

                                                                                Andalucía, 24 de enero de 2006. 

 

Querida Ana: 

 

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Un afectuoso salido 

 

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Selena. 

 


HOME WORK 

Fill in the above letters with an appropriate BODY. Keep in mind that the content of a FORMAL letter will be different to that of an INFORMAL letter. Write as much as possible, filling in the lines provided in BOTH! (The websites below will be helpful for this exercise.) 

 

Useful Websites: - 

http://spanish.about.com/od/writtenspanish/a/correspondence.htm