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Unit 2: Sending and receiving emails

Learn how to talk about the different parts of an email in English.

Unit 2: Sending and receiving emails

Sending and receiving emails

Read the email below and then do the tasks. Task 3 asks you questions about the email below.

Task 3: Starting an email

Reply | Reply to allForward | Delete

From: Samir
To: Sales Team
CC: Hatem Trabelsi; Patricia Bartlett
Subject: RE: Meeting next week
Attachments: New proposal.rtf (376KB)

Hello Sales Team,

I’ve got an idea for next week – see the attached file. I’d like to hear what you think about my suggestion.
I think Hatem and Patricia may be interested, so I’ve copied them in too. Let’s talk more at the meeting next week.

Regards, Samir


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Hii I am Engy .. I take courses at the british council and I finished the summer camp and I want to start another level in winter .. They told my mother that i don't need another course as I am clever as they said .. but my mother tried with them and they gave me a place on Saturday from 2 to 4 but my school ends at 2 : 30 .. so I beg if I could take courses with adult people .. they can make an exam for me
I am in British Council Egypt - Alexandria

Hello Engy Helmy,

We do not run courses on LearnEnglish. Rather, we provide a collection of materials which members can use to improve their English. LearnEnglish Teens works the same way, but the materials are better suited to that age group.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

infact it is really helpful for writing email.


What does 'bcc' mean and where can we use it properly?Is it rude use it in an e-mail.


Hello Rabia Vardar,

BCC means 'blind carbon copy'. It is not rude, and it is quite common to ask someone 'Please BCC me'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Rabia,

I found this explanation in an online forum and I believe it explains exactly what you need:

There are two different types of copying emails:

CC means: Carbon Copy.
BCC means: Blind Carbon Copy.

The difference is that if you send emails out with only a carbon copy to different contacts or colleges, they can still see all the people you sent the same email to.

Now with the blind carbon copy (BCC) you are hiding your contacts or colleges email addresses from everyone else and that is the best and safest way to send emails. Hackers or other people can't see your list and they can't get all your contact addresses.

You and everyone should use the BCC to copy emails so others' email addresses don't show up in the mail you just sent out.

See the thing is, if your contacts or colleges then forward what you sent them, it gets passed around to millions of people and then everyone will see your name and address along with all your contacts emails.

Hope this answer helps you.

i really love these lessons


Hi Kirk, i am very happy to learn about email. but i want to know more,how to write a better email in english.Can you provide me some examples of the different type of emails like if i am writing an email to my friend or relative or my boss. let me know as soon as possible.

regards,sanjeev agarwal

Hi Sanjeev,

In some of the tasks and materials in the English for Emails section you can find examples of emails of different kinds, but I'm afraid we don't have templates of emails or samples emails on the site. Perhaps this is something we might add in the future but at the moment it's not something we include.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team