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    armitur got a reaction from linguaholic in How to write letter in english?   
    For an informal letter, you can begin with
    Dear (name of person)/ Hi (name of person)/ Hello (name of person)
    Leave a line, then write the contents of your letter. It's typical to ask how the person you're writing to is doing in the first paragraph, but there are no real rules to this.
    When you're done, you sign off on the left. A few common ways to do this are:
    Best wishes
    (your name)
     
    Sincerely
    (your name)
     
    Love
    (your name)
     
    For a formal letter, people tend to only use 'Dear', from my experience.
    In the first paragraph, you should state the purpose of your letter. For example, if you are writing an application, you could say: 'I am writing to apply for X.'
    After that, you continue with the rest of your content. 
    At the end, we typically thank the person for their time with a phrase like: 'Thank you for your kind attention. I hope you will consider my proposal/ application/etc. and I eagerly await your reply.'
    In formal letters, you usually sign off with:
     
    Yours faithfully
    (Your name)
     
    Hope this helps!
     
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    armitur got a reaction from linguaholic in Practical Chinese   
    If you mean everyday greetings, 你好 is the MOST common. When addressing a group, perhaps on stage, we say 大家好。 
    If you want to ask 'how are you', say 你好吗?
    早安/ 早上好/ 上午好 = for use in the morning - the latter two are more formal
    午安 = for use at 12 o' clock
    下午好 = for after 12 o' clock (this is also rather formal and used for groups)
    晚上好 = night greeting (ditto above)
    晚安 is mostly used for when you are leaving for the night/ going to sleep
    If you mean 'greetings' like those on greeting cards, we have
    生日快乐   Happy Birthday
    新年快乐  Happy Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
    圣诞节快乐 Merry Christmas
    Essentially just add 快乐 to the festival/ event you're celebrating. 
    Hope this helps!  
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    armitur got a reaction from Wanda Kaishin in Practical Chinese   
    If you mean everyday greetings, 你好 is the MOST common. When addressing a group, perhaps on stage, we say 大家好。 
    If you want to ask 'how are you', say 你好吗?
    早安/ 早上好/ 上午好 = for use in the morning - the latter two are more formal
    午安 = for use at 12 o' clock
    下午好 = for after 12 o' clock (this is also rather formal and used for groups)
    晚上好 = night greeting (ditto above)
    晚安 is mostly used for when you are leaving for the night/ going to sleep
    If you mean 'greetings' like those on greeting cards, we have
    生日快乐   Happy Birthday
    新年快乐  Happy Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
    圣诞节快乐 Merry Christmas
    Essentially just add 快乐 to the festival/ event you're celebrating. 
    Hope this helps!  
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    armitur got a reaction from linguaholic in Classics   
    I would recommend Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It's a beautiful novel that gives a poignant take on South African history. The vocabulary isn't too difficult, although the writing does have a poetic style that may be difficult to get into at first.
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