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How to write informal emails in English

How to write informal emails in English


Hope you’re doing well. Talk to you soon. Send. And sent. Hey everyone, I’m Alex, thanks for clicking
and welcome to this lesson on how to write an informal email. If you have seen my other lesson on how to
write a professional email, think of this as a companion video that you can watch to
teach you how to write to friends or work colleagues that you are very familiar with. A lot of the language that we are using today
– because it’s informal, it’s almost like you are writing how you speak, okay. And when you’re writing informally, not everything
is 100% grammatically correct, because when you speak informally among friends, you don’t
always speak 100% grammatically correct, and you just use a different type of vocabulary,
different sentence structures, etc. So, let’s look at starting an informal email,
and again, this is not the only structure, these are some ideas for you guys when you’re
writing your emails to your friends and also you can use this in text messages or other
messaging services and software that you guys probably use on your mobiles or tablets or
laptops, whatever. Greeting. Just like any other email, normally you want
to start by introducing yourself or saying hello, so you can say “Hey Phil”, “Hey Mark”,
“Hey Jack”, “Hey Erica”, “Hey Brenda”, or “Hi”, right? “Hey, Hi” Maybe not hello. Hello is very formal, so if you’re saying
hello to your friend, maybe to your mom? “Hello, Mother”, it’s very formal, if you
have a very formal relationship with your mom, I guess you could do that. “Hey, Hi”, if you want to get a little more
informal and use a little bit of slang, you can also just say “Yo” or “‘Sup”. “‘Sup” is a very short form of “what’s up?”
which means “What is going on? What is new?” okay? So, you can say “Yo, Erica” “Sup Jen” or “Hey
Jack” “Hi Brenden”, whoever, right? Whoever this person is. Your close friend that you are familiar with
already or work colleague that you have a close relationship with. So, after your greeting, you might want to
just check in, “check in”, basically ask how this person is doing. So, very, very neutral. “Hey, how are you?”. This is very neutral. It can also sound a little formal, depending
on the person you’re talking to, so if you want to go a little more informal instead
of just asking “How are you?”, you can ask “How’s it going?” a short form for “How’s it going?” is “How
goes?” I’m typing on a keyboard, I’m imagining myself. So, again, grammatically, not correct. Incorrect, but definitely a common phrase:
“How goes?” “How’s it going?”. You can also say “How’ve you been?” How have you been? Shorten it with a contraction with “how have”,
“how’ve”, “How’ve you been?”. If you want to get rid of even more words
here and be super informal, you could just say “How you been?”, alright, type “How you
been?”, “How you doing?” This, again, is a little more informal than
“How are you doing?” is the full correct grammatical question, but you could just type “How you
doing?”, “How are you doing?”, “How have you been doing?”. There are very many, many ways that you can
do this, alright? Or “Hey, what’s going on?” “Hey Jack, what’s going on?” “What’s new with you”, alright? So, after checking in, asking how they’re
doing, you can kind of give a time mention or a reason mention for your email, and you
can even start with this, like, you can flip these, alright? So, here – time mention, what I mean by time
– so, “Hey Jack, how’s it going? It’s been awhile.” It has been a long time since we have chatted
or since I’ve talked to you. Or “Hey Jack, How you doing? Haven’t heard from you in a bit.” I haven’t heard from you in a bit – in a long
time, in awhile. Awhile just means a period of time, okay? So, “Haven’t heard from you in a bit” in a
bit of time, in a period of time. You can also, you know, give a reason. So, “Yo Jessica, How’ve you been? I’ve been meaning to write to you for a long
time.” So, I have had the intention of writing to
you for a long time. I have been meaning to, this means I have
wanted to, I have had the intention of writing to you for a long time, so after for, remember,
you can list just a duration of time – for a long time, for a week, for a month, for
seven days, for two hours, I don’t know, something like that. And since — you give a specific time in the
past. Since your birthday. I’ve been meaning to write to you since the
last time I saw you, since your mother’s funeral, I don’t know, something like that. Depends on the situation. And you can also just say something super
casual. So, let’s say, “Yo Ricky, What’s going on? Thought I’d drop you a line.” So, I thought I would drop you a line. To drop someone a line means to leave them
a message or send them a message. So, if I say “Hey, drop me a line”, this could
mean, you know, “Call me”, it could mean “Text me”, it could mean “Email me”, “Contact me”,
“Message me”. So “Hey, thought I’d drop you a line”. Next reason: “Just checking in”. “I’m just checking in to hear what’s new”,
okay. I’m going to step away from the board so you
guys can see everything here. Watch my hand. Boom! Just checking in to hear what’s new, okay? So, I’m just checking in to hear what’s new,
or to see what’s new with you. Next, what have we got? Okay, so, right now you’ve asked about them,
you’ve told them why you’re emailing, a general personal situation. Next, you want to tell them how you have been
doing, so very very common to say “Things are” or “Things have been ______________ on
my end” or “on this end”. Now, “On my end” or “On this end” means like,
over here, with me, on my side, on this side of the communication tunnel. It’s not a tunnel, but you get the idea, right? Okay. So, things have been – here’s a variety of
example adjectives that you can use or adverb and adjective combinations. “Things have been okay on this end.” “Things have been super busy on my end.” “Things have been pretty stressful on my end,
or on this end.” “Things have been really good on this end.” Or you can say, for me, “Things have been
really good for me lately”, another thing, “Things have been up and down”. Things have been, you know, up and down on
this end. “Things have been pretty exciting on my end”. Or, “Things have been uneventful”, things
have been boring on my end, on this end, okay? So, let’s do – I’ll do two examples for you
so far of what we’ve got with this email. So: Hey Janice. How’s it going? I’ve been meaning to write to you for a long
time. Things – yes – things have been super busy
on my end. That’s one example. You can just kind of take them and just mix
and match. You can even use this in an email today after
this lesson. Type it, try it, do it in the comments. Let’s do one more: Let’s see… Hi Jasmine. How’ve you been? Thought I’d drop you a line. Things have been pretty good on my end. Now, we’re not done, because an email doesn’t
just end like that. So, let’s keep going to the next board. Okay. So now, let’s get on to your personal news. Usually in the personal news part of your
email, you’re probably using the simple past tense or the present perfect tense, maybe
you’re going to use the future if you want to talk about you know, I’m going to start
university next week or something like that. But just some examples. This is going to be totally freestyle, up
to you, depends on your life, but I’m going to give you some examples. So, “I got a new job last week!” alright? I got a new job last week. “I start tomorrow!” So, the job starts tomorrow, I’m very excited,
so things have been pretty exciting on this end. I got a new job last week! I start tomorrow. “My mom’s been in the hospital. She had an accident”. So, things have been, you know, a little sad
on this end. My mom’s been in the hospital. She had an accident. “I’ve joined the gym. It’s been great.” So, you use a lot of contractions in informal
emails, so “My mom’s been”, my mom has been. “I’ve joined the gym, it’s been great”, not
“It has been great”, “It’s been great”. “I’ve just been reading a lot”. So very common – I’ve just been, like things
have been pretty boring, or things have been pretty uneventful on this side, on this end. “I’ve just been reading a lot”. How about “I’ve been keeping myself busy with
…” and then you can mention whatever has been keeping you busy. So, “I’ve been keeping myself busy with Stranger
Things season…” add the season number for yourself. I don’t know what season we’re on as you’re
watching this video. At the time of this taping, it’s season three. So far, so good. I haven’t finished it yet. I will have finished it by the time you see
this, and I think it’s going to be good. Stranger Things, Netflix, watch it, it’s really
good, no, seriously. “I’ve been keeping myself busy with jogging.” “I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing.” I’ve been keeping myself busy with improv
classes.”, it could be anything, okay? “Work has been crazy lately.” Or “Work has been crazy busy”, you can say,
so if you want to talk about your job and talk about how busy you have been. Okay. So, you give personal news, and then a very
common transition word in informal emails: Anyway, okay. So, anyway, and you give a second check-in. So, I’m going to step off so you can get the
whole board. I know a lot of you guys like to take a screencap
of the whole board so there you are. Anyway, boom! “How are things on your end?” How are things on your side? Hm, “Let me know what’s been going on with
you”, so tell me what is new with you. Anyway, “Hope you’re doing well.”, so I hope
you are okay, and then sign off. That was my cool walk, you can’t see me walking
because you only see from here, which is great, because I’m not wearing pants! I’ve used that joke in a video before, Okay. Sign off: “Talk to you soon”. You can also just say “Talk soon”. Very, very short, very informal. Talk soon. You can say “Take it easy”, like, don’t stress,
take it easy. “Have a good one”. Have a good day, have a good week, have a
good life, whatever. Next, “Take care”, “Be good”, or instead of
“Be good”, similar “Stay out of trouble”, or you can simply say “Later”, like see you
later, talk you later, talk to you soon, however you wish. So now, I’m going to sign off, and I hope
you guys got a lot of useful information in this lesson. If you want to test your understanding of
this lesson, as always, you can check out the quiz on www.engvid.com . And what I want
to see from you guys, if you really, really want to practice and not just, you know, do
the multiple-choice quiz, type a comment as an email. So, say, “Hey Alex”, “Yo Alex”, “‘Sup Alex”. And remember, when you’re typing, if you say
“‘Sup” or “Yo”, you got to roll up your sleeves because that’s how the cool people do it. “‘Sup Alex?” “Yo Alex”, and then write the rest, or on
your phone. It’s the ‘roll up your sleeves’, even in public,
and take a picture of yourself. That’s funny, too. Okay, yes, type a comment, write me an email
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