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Welcome to all new subscribers! I am very glad you've joined My English Club and I hope we'll be able to communicate a lot in the future.
This is my first lesson for you. I created this lesson for my first 2 subscribers, on 13 November 2012, as they mentioned on the joining form they are beginners and it looked like they needed this guiding hand. If you don't need this lesson feel free to just ignore it.
An email has 3 main fields:
1) The recipient of your email, where you'll input the email address(es) where you want to send your message to. If you have more than one address, you need to separate them by commas
2) The subject field,
where you'll give a succinct indication of what your message is about.
It is good practice to make the receiver of your email see straight away
if (s)he needs to take action or just receive the information from you.
You could use one of these words for this purpose: Re: = "regarding/referring to" or "in reference to"; FYI = "For Your Information" (no action required); Action = action is required and it would be good to also indicate the date the action is due; Urgent = this requires "Immediate Attention"; REQ = this is a "Request" for something
3) The message field, where you will write the message you wish to convey to the receiver of your email.
The first thing you need to put in an email is a salutation formula. There are quite a few greetings that are OK to use, depending on the time of the day/night and the tone of the email - formal or informal.
Let me give you some examples:
Then you will write your message.
you finished your message you need to close your email with an ending
salutation. Normally this would be 'Kind regards. Yours sincerely (or
respectfully)' and your name - write all this in 3 lines. Note:
so many people in China don't put their names at the end of their email
(or text messages for that reason) that I find it worthwhile stressing
it again how important this is when you communicate to anybody by these
means. It is not only common practice - it is considered basic courtesy
to sign your messages!
When you're ready and happy that everything you know is presented correctly, that you've attached everything you wanted to send.... click on send and wait for the reply.
P.S. There is more than this to writing emails, but this is a good step to start with. I look forward to receiving your new email about yourself and your wish to learn English.
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