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Thank You Notes/Letters - Letter-Writing - Writing

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Language Function: Thanking People
From the TP section called Useful language: Useful language for saying thank you
From the Talking People Podcast: check out Useful Language. Saying Thank You 01 external link
The Talking People Podcast

Informal and semiformal


(Semi formal)
Thank you for setting aside the time to help me. I would like to let you know that your thoughtfulness did not go unnoticed. I really appreciate your help, and wish to assure you that I am more than willing to help you any time. If you ever need anything from me, please don’t hesitate. (55 words)

Dear …,
Thank you so much for the slippers. They're lovely! It gets very chilly here in the winter, so they will get a lot of use when winter comes. Now I can throw away my old worn out slippers! They were in rags and everybody laughed at me here!
It was great to see you too. You looked great and I had a wonderful time with you -- you are so funny when you tell stories!
I hope to see you again soon. Will you visit next summer?
Thanks again for your gift.
Love, (95 words)

Thank you very much for helping me paint my house last Saturday. I was so happy when you offered to help me out. I had been dreading the activity for quite some time but you helped make it fun. I also appreciate you(r) bringing over your ladder. You know how absent-minded I am -- I forgot to get one! Your thoughtfulness and sense of humor was much appreciated. Thank you once again and should you ever need any assistance with your household maintenance please let me know. (87 words)

I am writing this letter to thank you for the kindness and consideration you showed by bringing me a warm cup of chicken broth while I was sick with the flu. I really wanted to make some soup for myself, but I was so exhausted, I could barely get out of bed. I am very grateful for what you did, and I hope I can return the favor someday. Thank you for being such a thoughtful and caring friend. Love, (80 words)

Thank you for the oatmeal raisin cookies. I haven't had any in a really long time, and it was a pleasant surprise when you brought them to the hospital. Hospital food isn't gourmet, so it was nice to have them! I just wanted to thank you for being so thoughtful, considerate, and caring.  I had a really tough time there, but your gesture made me aware that I have some very good friends. It really helped me during my recovery, and it's something I'll never forget. (86 words)

Thank you very much for buying me the collector's version of J.D. Salinger's "Nine Stories." I truly appreciate the thought you put into my present. You know how much I love Salinger and that was the last book I needed to complete my collection. You are such a considerate friend. Once again, thank you. (54 words)

Ideas for thank you notes/letters after a job interview
[How to write the addresses; about the use of comas or colons, and about how to sign your name, see below]

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,
I wanted to express my gratitude for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me about the (name of position) position with (name of company). I appreciate your time and consideration in interviewing me for this position.
I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you once the final decisions are made.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime if further information is needed. I can be reached at (+34) 3334444.
Thank you again for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,  (95 words) 

Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
   It was very enjoyable to speak with you about the (whatever name) position at the (name of) company. The job seems to be a very good match for my skills and interests. The creative approach to (name of activity) that you described confirmed my desire to work with you.
   In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to the position strong writing skills, assertiveness and the ability to encourage others to work cooperatively with the department. My artistic background will help me to work with artists on staff.
   I understand your need for administrative support. I neglected to mention during my interview that I had worked for two summers as a temporary secretary. This experience helped me to develop my organizational and office skills.
   I appreciate the time you took to interview me. I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you about this position.
   Sincerely, (about 150 words)

Some Tips for Punctuation and Lay-out

Dear Ms. Jones, (my favorite option)
Dear Ms. Jones: (US usage, although I use the US American variety, I think this is too old to use today!)

Letter Format:
(On the right)
Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
[Your Phone Number
Your Email]


(On the left)
City, State, Zip Code

Note: You can write both addresses at the same level, if you like, to save space and have it all more compact there, at the top!

After you sign the letter, remember to type your complete name (and the position you hold in your company or organization, if appropriate)

E-mail Format:

Remember that e-mails won't have the addresses lay-out: you just start with "Dear..." and then, after "Yours sincerely," type your Name and underneath your E-mail Address, then below Your Address, and finally Your Phone Number.

Lots of sample thank you letters on various topics external link
Read about How to write a thank you note external link
How to write a thank you for the interview letter! external link