Informal emails are one of the possible options in Part 2 of the Cambridge B2 Writing exam. Here we take a look at what you need to know and how to write an informal email in the exam.
Let’s now look at an B2 informal email sample question. You can typically expect something like this.
Write your email
An informal email is like a conversation in a lot of ways. In a conversation we start with general chat before we discuss more important things. As always we recommend that you should use one paragraph for each point you include in your writing. This way makes it easier for you to plan and easier for readers to understand. You do not need to include any address or date in your informal email.
The first paragraph is where we begin the conversation. We often use it to thank the writer for their email and also to talk in general about personal aspects of our lives. It’s common to ask some personal questions here.
Use these paragraphs to answer the questions asked.
Use this to finish the email in an appropriate way . It can be quite short, often a line or two is enough. Look at the image below to see how you can write this informal email structure.
thanks for your email. It is great to hear from you. How is everything on your course?
Describe your town
Yes of course I will be happy to help you with your project. Our town is quite historical and there are many interesting buildings and other sights to see. You’ll also see a lot of flowers everywhere, in the parks and the streets.
Talk about cultural events
I suppose I can talk about our Maytime festival. This happens on the 1st of May and is a festival of flowers. You see lot of impressive flower displays everywhere and there is a parade in the centre of the town. What’s more, it’s also a chance to try our traditional food.
Answer questions about the weather
May is not always the best weather and we usually have more warm sun in June and July. They are definitely better times to visit for good weather! Even in summer it’s not too hot and it’s nice for people to be able to walk around and see the wonderful colours of the flowers and visit the old buildings.
I hope this helps you and I’m happy to give you any more information you want.
All the best
Be sure to check out our YouTube video on how to write an informal email.