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Writing Letters: formal & informal English

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A letter to your friend and a cover letter for a job application are written very differently. Whether you work in business or are taking the general IELTS or CELPIP test, knowing the difference between informal and formal writing is a skill you should have. Watch this writing lesson, take our quiz, and check out our resource page to become a better writer. - Use the resource: http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/formal-informal-english/ - Take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/writing-letters-formal-informal-english/ http://www.engvid.com/ TRANSCRIPT: Hello, my name is Emma, and in today's lesson we are going to learn about writing. What kind of writing? Writing letters. Okay? So this is important for people who work in business. It's also important for people who like to write letters to their friends maybe or to their grandparents in English. Also, it is very... It is a very useful video for anyone who is taking the general IELTS test. So if you're taking not academic, but general, this is an important video. And also, if you plan to immigrate to Canada and you want to do the Canadian immigration test which is called: "the CELPIP", this video is also... It will also be useful and helpful to you. Okay? So let's get started. What do I mean by "formal" and "informal"? "Informal" means something you would write to your friends, something you would write to your parents, - well, probably your parents unless you're afraid of your parents, then you might be more formal -, your classmates, your coworkers. Okay? So this is... It means it's not formal; it's for people you know well. On the other hand, "formal" English we use with strangers, we use with our boss, in the workplace, we use it in these different ways. So it's the English you really have to think about, whereas informal is kind of the relaxed English. So relaxed, serious. Okay? So, sometimes you will have to write a letter formally, maybe to your boss or your company, other times maybe you're on holiday and you want to write a letter to your friend, you'll use informal English. So what is the difference? Let's see. Informal English uses contractions. What are contractions? "Didn't", "wouldn't", "couldn't", "haven't", "hasn't". So if you see a verb with an apostrophe and then a "t", that is a contraction. Okay? It's very important to know this because in formal writing, you don't use contractions. "Didn't" would be: "Did not". I can write that for you. "Did not". Couldn't: could not, haven't: have not, can't: cannot. Okay? So that's one major difference. Another major difference between formal and informal writing is the use of idioms; the use of certain expressions. If I'm writing to my friend, maybe I'll say: "Oh, you know, I've been very under the weather lately." Meaning: I've been very sick. If I'm writing to my boss, I won't use idioms. If I'm writing a formal letter, I will not use idioms. Those aren't good to use in formal writing. Phrasal verbs, this is another thing we find in informal writing. What is a phrasal verb? It's a verb that has a preposition. Okay? So, for example: "find out", "find" is a verb, "out" is the preposition. "Go" is the verb, "up" is the preposition. So the... The preposition adds a different meaning to the verb. Phrasal verbs are very difficult to learn; we have so many of them in English. My students have told me phrasal verbs are one of the hardest parts of learning English, but it's possible, you can do it.
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Khushiram yogi (10 часов назад)
Nesesity of park letter
SAHIL JAJU (23 часа назад)
Emma you are best ! I have seen alot of IELTS videos but it's you who always have something which others don't ! Keep up the good work !
Mari_Vargas_ Sandoval (3 дня назад)
*_FORMAL_* : That´s awesome *_Informal¨_* : That is awesome
Hala Fr (5 дней назад)
Hiba 92 (8 дней назад)
Thank you very much. It is very helpful
Rabeea Riaz (17 дней назад)
thank u soooooo much it is very helpful......
무플방지 위원회2 (18 дней назад)
한국인 손
Amjid Afridi (22 дня назад)
so nice send me your watts up numbr please
Robb Stark (23 дня назад)
This was just to plug your website, wasn't it?
Pratima Rathore (24 дня назад)
It is very bad english
SHAHID AAFRAIDI BHAT (25 дней назад)
Love you soo.
Maryam (25 дней назад)
Jjsjsj thanks
venkatesh desai (29 дней назад)
Abul Nasar (1 месяц назад)
Very nice
Prashant Gupta (1 месяц назад)
introduction is nice this is that much nice even i didn't see whole vedio i comment on it than you can thik i hope vedio is also good
Sara Islam (1 месяц назад)
great lesson thanks a lot, If you don't mind madam I would like to have more examples of latin words
Vinutha Venkatesh (1 месяц назад)
I have the shock to write the informal letter 😇😇😇😇😇😇
Ashit Dutta (1 месяц назад)
thank you teacher your teaching is very nice l like it
Fatoyinbo Rapheal (1 месяц назад)
May God blessed you ma,I really enjoy it
Indrakshi Niwas (1 месяц назад)
good tips, thanks
Flipping Filip (1 месяц назад)
Thanks great video!
Bruno Manoel (1 месяц назад)
Sudhir Nayak (1 месяц назад)
I love it
Mohith H.C (1 месяц назад)
Great teacher
Ritesh Kushwaha (1 месяц назад)
Thanks aunty
Hyper_Monk (2 месяца назад)
Hi Emma, in the case of a superior officer writing a mail querying a subordinate, can ‘please send it soon’ be used? Is it formal enough?
Julieta Wapetona (2 месяца назад)
This content has loads of effort in it! Thank you!!
Pan cho (2 месяца назад)
english have latin word
Puspa Mishra (2 месяца назад)
very useful
sweta pandey (2 месяца назад)
tq so much maam, its really helpful for me
rodrigo cezar oliveira (2 месяца назад)
Emma thank you so much for your videos, it helps me a lot in my studies, congratulations! Best regards!
AB SAPRAM (2 месяца назад)
Thanks u so much I got 100% in my test🤙🏿
AB SAPRAM (2 месяца назад)
I have ligma
Pum Lian (2 месяца назад)
thank you
D.J. Sinha (2 месяца назад)
Lovely lady. Was informative. Thanks.
Madhu Gorai (2 месяца назад)
So kind of you. thanks
shiploo md (2 месяца назад)
will you be judged negatively in the general writing task 1, if you use many formal terms (moreover, furthermore, nevertheless)? Because non native speakers use more formal terms than non-formal terms.
None One (3 месяца назад)
Thanks Emma
None One (3 месяца назад)
I do love what's about letter is...it makes me figure out about a thing
laxx kumar (3 месяца назад)
I love your voice 😍😍😍
qAp PS Eff3ct (3 месяца назад)
this video is way too formal for me to understand... even the informal one seems formal to me..... great video thought...
Fabiana Pereira (3 месяца назад)
Emma, I think your videos awesome! I would like to ask for a new video with vocabulary related to Wi-Fi!
Ashok K (3 месяца назад)
Thanks very easy to understand
subham pandey (3 месяца назад)
thank u emma ..
Eliman Ceesay (3 месяца назад)
Very interesting
Lakshya Saini (3 месяца назад)
Thanks, emma it was very useful for me
Amirun Nessa (3 месяца назад)
Hi. Thanks for examples. Which year was this published? I am talking about the video about informal and formal. :)
Manjula U.K. Kulatunga (3 месяца назад)
Mohamed abdul Rahman (3 месяца назад)
thanks Emma
DMKA AOTEAROA (3 месяца назад)
This is so out dated know you can write how ya want nowadays
Farid Bashir (3 месяца назад)
Excellent videos keep it up
Ved Jadhav (3 месяца назад)
Jerome (3 месяца назад)
I only got 6.0 in writing in my recent exam. huuhuhuhuhuh I am aiming for atleast 6.5. My task 2 question was, Are supermarkets and shopping center a positive or negative development? State your opinions.
Satish Kumar Devraj (3 месяца назад)
Your style and technique of teaching is unique ..... You use very appropriate sentences and melodious accent .......
Mercy Ogundare (4 месяца назад)
I really enjoyed this lesson so helpful
Malikmalik malik tanha (4 месяца назад)
plz tel me one letter
Usman Qarar (4 месяца назад)
thanks a lots of your teaching into english. i have got the most knowledge with your teaching.i have big problem to do pronounciation of a word or paragraph.if you have any solution of this
singh1789 (4 месяца назад)
in informal letter, can i start the letter with by saying ' i hope this letter finds you in radiant health and the best of spirits?
awesomesauce666 (4 месяца назад)
would you be open to fornication?
awesomesauce666 (4 месяца назад)
shit, I always use contractions...
Satyaprakash Yadav (5 месяцев назад)
Letter interested learning English write a letter to director language
Adarsh Pandey (5 месяцев назад)
I am what
Rahul Tiwari (5 месяцев назад)
I like your video
Imranrexses Is cool (5 месяцев назад)
this got me a A+
Richa Elizabeth (5 месяцев назад)
You have 1 million subscribers!?!?
Anastasia Darsi (5 месяцев назад)
thanks for your lessons,they are very helpful
be strong (5 месяцев назад)
Pritika jai (5 месяцев назад)
Hi, This video is really helpful. Can you post more videos for CELPIP?
Adityaa Venkatesh (5 месяцев назад)
Yogesh Garg (5 месяцев назад)
its very appreciating
s s (5 месяцев назад)
Thank you Dear Emma
Junaid Khan (5 месяцев назад)
Hello,Madam I'm your new student I'm from Pakistan. I want to learn English. Please could help me in my study
Sadiq Jan (5 месяцев назад)
Thank you for teaching me
Sadiq Jan (5 месяцев назад)
What? My friends say this too. I am in class six and I already learnt them.
Shakeela Mohammed Ali (6 месяцев назад)
not bad
Kai Steve (6 месяцев назад)
Aigera Kashkarbekova (6 месяцев назад)
Thank you Emma. Your lessons strongly useful.
Berihu Heile (6 месяцев назад)
I hope in ten months I speak good English
Gech Habeshaw (6 месяцев назад)
i need the format of the letters
mathi frerez (6 месяцев назад)
no te entiendo nada
Rookie Rowdie (6 месяцев назад)
Formal "The courtesy of your hall is somewhat lessened of late" Informal "This whole place stinks and you're f**king rude!"
Infotainer (6 месяцев назад)
Thanks Miss Emma. Appreciate the hardwork you put in
Ella Knox (6 месяцев назад)
toooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much talking.
Mari_Vargas_ Sandoval (3 дня назад)
Ella Knox (6 месяцев назад)
Dalek Master (6 месяцев назад)
Got an English exam tomorrow about this hope it’s works thank you
Mahmud Emon (7 месяцев назад)
Emma is the best in ielts teacher. Love you & go ahead 💞💞💞
naren bdi (7 месяцев назад)
Mam I do not know English language .how can I learn it ?
Rafael Naviliat (7 месяцев назад)
Emma(engVid).com,Noticas al momento,Rafa tuve que ahser cosas antes de empesar asi que aun sigo contigo hasta que no soluciones despues de lo de al leccion 0,por eso desidi seguiro contigo Emma,bueno escriviremos que en el ejersicio que o dises,y fueronmsi Noticas al moemtno,Rafa,G+.
新【しん】 (7 месяцев назад)
I think most Japanese people can’t tell the difference between informal and formal. It's too difficult....
Sparkles the giraffe (7 месяцев назад)
How do i start and finish a formal letter?
Yasir Omer (7 месяцев назад)
Edo👍 (7 месяцев назад)
Grazie uagliò
raja haroon gulzar (7 месяцев назад)
Thank you for sharing such a valuable video, but let me know that how can we make a practice of writing letters at home and how can we clarify our mistakes?
BLOM BUSTERS (8 месяцев назад)
i needed this for my exam thx for makin this vid
salman naqvi (8 месяцев назад)
Very nice video it is strongly help full for us
Ghshdv Gsbd (8 месяцев назад)
can we write informal letter to school principal
Ghshdv Gsbd (8 месяцев назад)
can we write informal letter to school principal
Sally Hammer (8 месяцев назад)
you sound retarded
poti simo (8 месяцев назад)
Thank you so much
Shivam Tiwari (8 месяцев назад)

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