How to Write a Letter in Japanese
Many people do this to send a postcard to a Japanese penpal, friend or even long-lost family member. There was even a high-school student who was going to Japan for a student-exchange program, and wanted to write a letter to his host family to introduce himself.
Beginner's Way of Writing a Letter in Japanese
Here's a 'Simple 3-Step Approach' to write an informal letter to a friend in Japanese:
> Step 1. Start with a greeting and ice-breaker - show some concern for your friend by asking about their health, discuss the weather or send them some well-wishes.
* "Have you been doing well?" is a common way to start your letter.
Romaji : ogenki desu ka
Kanji : お元気ですか。
* "How have you been?"
Romaji : Ikaga osugoshi desu ka.
Kanji : いかがお過ごしですか。
> Step 2. Include the details of the purpose of your letter.
> Step 3. End of with parting words like
* "I look forward to hearing from you." - very polite.
Romaji : o-henji tanoshimi ni shite masu.
Kanji : お返事を楽しみにしています
* "Bye! Later!" - commonly used among teenagers. Casual.
Romaji : Matane
Hiragana : またね
If you need other expressions used in letters, visit here.
[Note: Don't worry if you don't know how to write in Kanji or Hiragana yet. It's ok to write your letter in Romaji. Your friend will be able to understand.]
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