Have things like google mail, e mail, text etc killed the practice of writting a letter? Are we witnessing the passing of ordinary mail? Do people today still learn the art of letter writing? I picked up my newspaper today and was shocked by using one of the articles inside. It said that around a fifth of children in the United Kingdom have never received a handwritten letter. A tenth had never written one themselves. Yes, that’s right a tenth! A tenth didn’t know how to prepare a letter.
Most of them could send an e-mail using google mail or anything like that and they could all text or play text twist and maybe this is all they’re going to need to be in a position to do in today’s world.
I just think that it is sad that so a lot of them will never know the simple pleasure of opening an envelope and reading something that person has taken time and put some effort into writing. It all has to take place in a flash.
If you’re writing a message to a close friend or family member then open with, for example, Dear Amy or Dear grandma.
A formal letter should start with Dear Mrs Webb or Dear Sir or Madam if you do not know the name of the individual you’re writing to.
A formal way of ending a letter would be tantamount to close with one of these-Sincerely, Best regards, Thank you.
Unless you’re writing a very informal letter then you should strive to keep sentences and paragraphs within the main part of the letter short, with a line break to make the letter easier to read. Always check your spelling and grammar. Get someone else to proof read important letters for you, it is quite easy to re-read the same mistakes over and over and keep missing them.
Your complaint letter should be easy to read. It is difficult to read letters with small print or no paragraphs. It is also hard to read letters that have not been run through a spell-check. Always use spell-check when writing a complaint letter. Even if you ‘never’ spell anything wrong, it’ll be the one time you did. If you respected them enough to send a legible letter, they should respect you enough to read it.
Do children today open a birthday card and read the words, or do they just check to see if there is any money inside? Maybe sitting children down to write a scribbled thank you note to Aunt Betty is not enough anymore, perhaps we as parents should spend a little time showing our kids how to prepare a proper letter, if indeed we know how to perform it ourselves.
Letter writing has multiple benefits and profits for children of all ages. A child who is called upon to write their own thank you letters after receiving gifts can teach them a valuable lesson about gratitude and appreciation while tapping into their personal writing style. Personalized thank you cards and stationary can help them in saying thanks while providing a lesson in politeness and proper manners.
When a child practices writing letters, it can help promote better penmanship and vocabulary skills while ultimately leading to better comprehension and higher grades in school. Parents are most likely to see the benefits of this task while children might regard it as an assignment they would get in school. It is important to have your child focused on whom they’re writing a letter to, and what they wish to convey to this person in their letter.
One way to encourage letter writing is to provide your children snazzy, fun, personalized stationary that they can get excited about using. Personalized stationary with your child’s initials stamped on them can further encourage your unwilling child. Stationery with topics such as family, seasons, religious sentiments, children, or beloved children’s characters can excite your child and open doors into the exciting world of writing and journalism.
I myself am always a bit unsure how to complete a letter, is it yours faithfully, or yours sincerely? Do we still write dear Sir/Madam, or to which it may concern? Where does the address go, in the upper right, the top left, or at the bottom? Follow the rules above and you will not go far wrong.
Sometimes, you face certain situations where you may be required to write a letter addressed to an unknown recipient. Such a letter is known as ‘to whom it may concern letter ‘, as the phrase is used as a salutation. This is the way to address a letter if you want to avoid mistaking the identity of the recipient. The following ‘to whom it may concern letter’ samples will help you overcome the difficult task of writing this kind of letter.
Following is a listing of all essentials parts of a formal letter. You can write a letter effectively just by including these parts of letter in a proper sequence.
If the sender’s address isn’t mentioned at the top, it can be included below the signature. This standard template should be followed strictly when writing a formal letter. Although the agency of the letter can vary according to the theme of the letter; the layout and the flow should continue to be the same.
Paragraphs 2, 3: Include the subject of the letter, requests or complaints, or your intentions or demands, or the main purpose of the letter. You should make sure that you’re precise, clear and to the point.
Maybe letter writing ought to be a skill routinely taught in all schools. It is a skill. It tells someone reading the letter, be it a social thing or a job application, that the writer took the time to get to do something properly.
Of course, in an age where the quick fix is the norm, it is much easier to text or e-mail. Maybe that’s why sending and receiving a handwritten letter is so special, it takes time and effort. It’s a very personal thing, something to treasure.
I still have letters that my friends sent me when I was in my twenties, I keep them in a hole with pictures, ticket stubs for movies we went to see and other mementoes.Will our children, years from now, open up a box and take out print outs of e-mails or re-read their text messages, I think not.
Another interesting fact that emerged from the recent study was that boys are twice as likely as girls never to have written a letter. Maybe boys consider letter writing a girly thing, I do not know. Of those girls that have written a letter the majority of them only managed a paragraph or two. It’s not that long ago when it was seen as a waste of time and effort teaching girls how to interpret and write at all.