An email from a friend

An email from a friend

Read an email from a friend you haven't heard from for a long time to practise and improve your reading skills.


Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.

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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Wed, 15/07/2020 - 14:31

In reply to by nabily


Hello nabily,

I would recommend you spend the time you need. If anything, I think most users spend too little time on our pages, just reading or listening quickly and then doing the exercises and moving on. Everyone learns differently, but I'd recommend making notes of words and phrases from the email that you would like to learn. This will mean spending more time on the page, but if you study the words and phrases you write down, you will end up learning more.

I hope this helps.

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Truicab on Fri, 10/07/2020 - 12:17

I would use Whatsapp or a phone call for tell my important news.. I think, these days,the people don't work with e-mails

Submitted by Fernanda Zanette on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 14:10

I would like to thank you for this teaching platform in these strange times. I learned a lot. Thank you. Thank you very much

Submitted by Aakash Jain on Thu, 11/06/2020 - 02:47

I would have used written communication in the beginning. Though there is nothing formal or informal between friends but because you are writing after a long time, it's better to begin formally. In written communication, I would have preferred an e-mail over letter writing or whats app to convey some important news. Whatsapp numbers may change and so someone's home address but emails usually don't. So the best way is writing an email first.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 18:35

I would used written form of communication through either e-mail or social media platforms.

Submitted by M19 on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 10:34

WhatsApp is the thing for me. I find it to be the most reliable form of both informal and formal communication. It's far more convenient than doing emails. I can be assured of my messages being delivered, read or not read by the recipient because it's kind of commonly used for keeping in touch with friends and family. Guys often tend to spend days on end with this app anywhere and at anytime just to feel the presence of their loved ones. Subsequently, a significant message from me to any of my friends wouldn't go unnoticed if delivered through WhatsApp!

Submitted by darvaskristof on Tue, 02/06/2020 - 03:42

I like to write longer e-mails, not just short messages - sometimes I feel a little bit old-school in my (late 30s) generation. However, it works well with some of my friends or family members older than me.

Submitted by mariam998 on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 08:04

Actually it depends on what is the news I would like to telling, but often I prefer to use a text by WhatsApp to communicate with my friend, but if it’s an important news I use phone call that will be more fast to get her reaction.

Submitted by Ahmadbassam on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 11:14

For me, i prefare to comunicate on social media applications like Facebook, Whats App, and Twitter. These apps provide incredible tools which make the comunication between the people is more easy.

Submitted by Janiere on Tue, 12/05/2020 - 03:38

In Brazil, we are used to tell important news by phone. We think letters or text messages are very impersonal and without emotion.