NOTE: This topic is for IELTS General Training test ONLY. If you are taking the IELTS Academic training test then skip this lesson.

A common problem with many IELTS candidates face in answering the IELTS General Writing Task 1 is how to begin and end your letter. Remember that IELTS still expects letters to be written in a traditional manner so even if you are asked to write a letter to your friend it is not appropriate to start it with "Yo" :)

Letter-writing is an art form that can determine whether your words will be taken seriously or ignored. Whether you're writing a cover letter for a job, a letter to a friend or just an email to a colleague, it all starts with a well-written beginning and ends with an appropriate closing that suits the tone and purpose of the letter.

Learning how to address the recipient and closing the letter will help you write a letter worth reading. In today's IELTS playlist, you will learn how to begin and end your IELTS General Writing Task 1 letter appropriately.

Here are the topics covered in this playlist:

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Now match the opening sentences with closing sentences for each of the following

Opening sentences Closing sentences
a)  It was lovely to hear from you after all these years. i)  Give my regards to your mother and best wishes for her speedy recovery.
b)  I was really sorry to hear about Aunt Mary’s accident. ii)  I hope you are able to help me and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
c)  I am a student at your college and I am writing to ask a favour. iii)  I hope one day to be able to return the warm welcome.
d)  Thank you for your letter regarding the position of office assistant. iv)  We look forward to seeing you at the interview.
e)  This is just to thank you for your marvellous hospitality last week. v)  Please stay in touch.
Opening sentences Closing sentences
a) v)
b) i)
c) ii)
d) iv)
e) iii)

Well done on completing another topic of your IELTS T20 course.

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In the next topic I will share a secret with you that will sky rocket your IELTS writing band score and give you an unfair advantage over other candidates. See you soon..

Are you Pumped Yet? :)

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