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A thank-you email

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Reading text

From: Pradeep Ranatunga
To: Carolina Kemper
Subject: Thank you!!

Hi Carolina,

I just wanted to write and say thank you for everything.

You and your family were amazing hosts. I had a great time at your house. Thank you for making me feel at home. I'm sure my English improved a lot because of all your help too! Also, thank you for all the wonderful cooking you did. Now I can tell everyone English food is not as bad as they say smiley.

If you ever come to Sri Lanka, I hope you will stay with me and I can show you my city too.

Keep in touch!



  1. Start with Hi if it is an informal email to someone you know.
  2. The email can have three main paragraphs:
    • the reason for writing (= to say thank you)
    • the main point (= more details or examples)
    • a wish or offer for the future.
  3. Use emojis (e.g. smiley) or emoticons (e.g. :) ) to show you’re joking.
  4. You can say See you soon / See you next year if you hope to meet again.
  5. Use a closing phrase like Keep in touch, Write soon, Speak soon or Take care.



Language level

Beginner: A1


Of course , i love seeing other cultures and try their food and their traditions , i would like to stay a host british family , if i ever go to The UK , i always watch movies about the history of England and Britain in general , and love the vibe , so would like to stay at a british family someday.

Hi sir,

the first sentence " I just wanted to write and say thank. Why did you use "wanted " instead of "want"? Since the action is happening now and not past action I think it should be "want " I'm confused. Please, reply.

Hi Abassomooyedele,

Both I want and I wanted are possible. You can think of wanted to write as expressing the writer's feelings at the time of writing, which were then assuaged by the act of penning the letter.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks so much, sir. That was really helpful.

I wouldn't like to live with a host family in a new country. I prefer to live in my own house or own department or whatever it is. I am a bit shy so I did not like that. I like other people who live with me as a guest I do not mind but the opposite is not acceptable.

I would like to stay with a host family if I go to a new county. Because there are many good points to spend with a host family. And I believe doing homestay is more precious experience than staying at a dormitory.
I think there are roughly 3 advantages. Firstly, we can improve our English skills efficiently. If we stay with a host family, we have to speak only English. There is nobody who help me when host family can’t understand what we say. So, we can focus on learning English.
Secondly, we can expose to the local culture easily. For example, we can experience normal life of household and eat home cooking. I think exposing to the local culture influences our life strongly. So, if we can spend with a host family, we should learn their culture positively.
Lastly, staying at a country we don’t know at all is so tough and we’ll have a rough time and to be alone makes us feel more down. However, in that case, if we do homestay, we have someone who we can talk about our problems. So, a host family will be very big existence for us.
We will never forget the time we spend with a host family. And it will be something irreplaceable to me. So, I would like to stay with a host family and improve my English skills.

On this era, maybe we could just say thankyou on messages. I only write email for formal occasion, especially for work or my courses.

I writing to say thank you so much, for the time that I spent in your family.
You made me feel so special guest and you made my travel wonderful.
Thank you for all the places that you sent me, all those delicious dishes that your mother prepared for me. I really have to tell many things about your culture and how you made me feel like part of your family.
You are welcome in Kosovo every time, and it would be our pleasure if you can visit my country and stay guest in my family. Greets your family
All the best.

Yes really. It would be a great experience.
Meeting new people and learning about daily life routines, picking up new cultures, and trying new cuisine.
It would be a good way to improve my English skills, to understand how the concept of family change from my country, and how people behave when they have a new guest.

It depends on the purpose of my visit. If it a business trip I would like to stay at the hotel. But if I came to learn my target language for a long time living in a host family would be great. I wouldn't feel lonely and could practice in speaking