English | Phrases - Personal | Letter

Letter - Address

Matti Meikäläinen
Puistokatu 17 A
01234 Helsinki
Finland
Mr. N. Summerbee
335 Main Street
New York NY 92926
Standard English Address format:
name of recipient
street number + street name
name of town + region/state + zip/postal code.
Jeremy Rhodes
212 Silverback Drive
California Springs CA 92926
Jeremy Rhodes
212 Silverback Drive
California Springs CA 92926
American address format:
Name of recipient
Street number + street name
Name of town + state abbreviation + zip code
Adam Smith
8 Crossfield Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham
West Midlands
B29 1WQ
Adam Smith
8 Crossfield Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham
West Midlands
B29 1WQ
British and Irish address format:
Name of recipient
Number + street name
Town/city name
County
Postal code
Sally Davies
155 Mountain Rise
Antogonish NS B2G 5T8
Sally Davies
155 Mountain Rise
Antogonish NS B2G 5T8
Canadian address format:
Name of recipient
Street number + street name
Name of town + province abbreviation + postal code
Celia Jones
47 Herbert Street
Floreat
Perth WA 6018
Celia Jones
47 Herbert Street
Floreat
Perth WA 6018
Australian address format:
Name of recipient
Street number + street name
Name of province
Town/city name + postal code
Alex Marshall
745 King Street
West End
Wellington 0680
Alex Marshall
745 King Street
West End, Wellington 0680
New Zealand address format:
Name of recipient
Number + street name
Suburb/RD number/PO box
Town/city + postal code

Letter - Opening

Hyvä John,
Dear John,
Informal, standard way of addressing a friend
Hei äiti / isä
Dear Mum / Dad,
Informal, standard way of addressing your parents
Hei setä Jerome,
Dear Uncle Jerome,
Informal, standard way of addressing a member of your family
Hei John,
Hello John,
Informal, standard way of addressing a friend
Heippa John,
Hey John,
Very informal, standard way of addressing a friend
John,
John,
Informal, direct way of addressing a friend
Rakkaani,
My Dear,
Very informal, used when addressing a loved one
Rakkaani,
My Dearest,
Very informal, used when addressing a partner
Rakas John,
Dearest John,
Informal, used when addressing a partner
Kiitos kirjeestäsi.
Thank you for your letter.
Used when replying to correspondence
Oli mukava kuulla sinusta taas.
It was good to hear from you again.
Used when replying to correspondence
Anteeksi, etten ole kirjoittanut sinulle pitkään aikaan.
I am very sorry I haven't written for so long.
Used when writing to an old friend you haven't contacted for a while
Siitä on todella kauan kun viimeksi olimme yhteydessä.
It's such a long time since we had any contact.
Used when writing to an old friend you haven't contacted for a long time

Letter - Main Body

Kirjoitan sinulle kertoakseni...
I am writing to tell you that…
Used when you have important news
Onko sinulla suunnitelmia...
Have you made any plans for…?
Used when you want to invite someone to an event or meet up with them
Paljon kiitoksia kun lähetit / kutsuit / kerroit...
Many thanks for sending / inviting / enclosing…
Used when thanking someone for sending something / inviting someone somewhere / enclosing some information
Olen erittäin kiitollinen siitä, että kerroit / tarjosit / kirjoitit minulle...
I am very grateful to you for letting me know / offering me / writing to me…
Used when sincerely thanking someone for telling you something / offering you something / writing to you regarding something
Oli todella mukavaa, että kirjoitit / kutsuit / lähetit minulle...
It was so kind of you to write / invite me / send me…
Used when you sincerely appreciate something someone wrote to you / invited you to / sent you
Olen iloinen kun saan ilmoittaa, että...
I am delighted to announce that…
Used when announcing good news to friends
Ilahduin kuullessani, että...
I was delighted to hear that…
Used when relaying a message or news
On ikävää kertoa, että...
I am sorry to inform you that…
Used when announcing bad news to friends
Olin pahoillani kuullessani, että...
I was so sorry to hear that…
Used when comforting a friend regarding bad news that they had

Letter - Closing

Kerro terveisiä ... ja sano, että ikävöin heitä kovin.
Give my love to…and tell them how much I miss them.
Used when you want to tell someone you miss them via the recipient of the letter
... lähettää terveisiä.
…sends his / her love.
Used when adding someone else's regards to a letter
Sano ... terveisiä minulta.
Say hello to…for me.
Used when wanting to acknowledge someone else via the person to whom you are writing
Odotan, että kuulen sinusta taas pian.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Used when you want to receive a letter in reply
Kirjoita taas pian.
Write back soon.
Direct, used when you want to receive a letter in reply
Kirjoita takaisin heti, kun...
Do write back when…
Used when you want the recipient to reply only when they have news of something
Ilmoitathan, kun tiedät jotain lisää.
Send me news, when you know anything more.
Used when you want the recipient to reply only when they have news of something
Pärjäilkää.
Take care.
Used when writing to family and friends
Rakastan sinua.
I love you.
Used when writing to your partner
Terveisin,
Best wishes,
Informal, used between family, friends or colleagues
Parhain terveisin,
With best wishes,
Informal, used when writing to family or friends
Parhain terveisin,
Kindest regards,
Informal, used when writing to family or friends
Kaikkea hyvää,
All the best,
Informal, used when writing to family or friends
Rakkaudella,
All my love,
Informal, used when writing to family or friends
Rakkain terveisin,
Lots of love,
Informal, used when writing to family
Rakkaudella,
Much love,
Informal, used when writing to family