Writing a Semi-formal Letter

You are writing a book about the English way of life and customs. You have recently returned from England where you spent two weeks collecting materials and data regarding your book.

Write a letter to Mr and Mrs Jones who were your hosts during your stay in England.

Express your thanks for:

  • their hospitality (friendly atmosphere, comfortable room, excellent food)
  • getting new insights into English culture.

Model of semi-formal letter Visit to Newcastle

Dear Mr and Mrs Jones,

I would like to thank you both for those two most beautiful weeks I spent as a guest in your house during my visit to Newcastle last month.

When my colleague suggested it would be better to stay with a local family than in a hotel, I was a little reluctant to accept the suggestion. I have never stayed in private accomodation and I simply didn’t know what to expect. Your warmth and kidness made me feel like a member of the family and not an ordinary guest.

The room was very comfortable and food was excellent. I must say I admire your cooking Mrs Jones. You must send me some of your cake recipes. I’ve also enjoyed meeting other members of your family and your friends.

I especially enjoyed our evening conversations and discussions. The aim of my trip to England was to collect materials for my book. I must say I’ve learned from you two as much as from various books in the city library.

Thank you once again for your hospitality and the opportunity to learn more about England. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best wishes,

Ivanna Demchyshyn

Newcastle upon Tyne commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles (166 km) south of Edinburgh and 277 miles (446 km) north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 8.5 miles (13.7 km) from the North Sea.

Newcastle is the most populous city in the North East, and forms the core of the the eighth most populous urban area in the United Kingdom.