Writing an Informal Letter

Imagine that your English-speaking friend is coming for a visit to your country. In your letter:

  • write about the weather conditions
  • explain how she/he can get to your place
  • mention the places you suggest visiting and the activities you suggest doing.

Level B1/B2

Hello! I’m Dasha and in my letter I’d like to suggest my friend visiting Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

Dear Maria,

I hope you are doing well. From your last letter, I learned that you are planning to visit my country, and I am thrilled about it! Choosing Kyiv as your destination in May is a great decision. As far as I know, it will be your first time in Ukraine, so I wanted to share some information about visiting Kyiv during this season.

The weather in May is warm, with an average temperature of 18°C during the day. It might rain occasionally, but I hope your visit will be precipitation-free. I recommend that you pack some T-shirts, jeans, and a jacket for your trip.

When you book your tickets, please send me your flight number so that I can meet you at the airport. Also, don’t worry about finding a place to stay. I have a spare room in my apartment that you can use during your visit. Furthermore, my apartment is located in the city centre, so you can easily reach the most popular attractions within 10-15 minutes.

Kyiv is full of fascinating, beautiful, and historic places. You won’t be bored during your stay here, especially because you are visiting when all the trees are green, flowers are blooming, and the city becomes even more charming. You can start your trip in Kyiv from Podil, a historic neighbourhood where you can see typical houses from the 1920s and the Ferris wheel. You can then take the Kyiv Funicular to the Old (Upper) City of Kyiv. Here, you can visit St. Andrew’s Church, St. Sophia’s Cathedral, and the Golden Gate. Khreshchatyk Street and Independence Square, which are worth seeing, will take you to the Glass Bridge. It offers a spectacular view of the Ukrainian capital, including the Dnipro River, the left bank of it, busy roads, and tall buildings. Furthermore, not far from the Glass Bridge, you can find the Park Bridge, which is popular for bungee jumping. If you are an extreme sports enthusiast, you should definitely check it out.

If you have any more questions about Kyiv, I would be happy to answer them. I am looking forward to meeting you in my city.

Warm wishes,