Learn how to write an informal email to a friend.

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Hi Linda,

How's it going?

Sorry I haven't been in touch for such a long time but I've had exams so I've been studying every free minute. Anyway, I'd love to hear all your news and I'm hoping we can get together soon to catch up. We just moved to a bigger flat so maybe you can come and visit one weekend?

How's the new job?  

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Helga


Hi Helga,

I've been meaning to write to you for ages now so don't worry! How did your exams go? When will you know your results? I'm sure you did brilliantly as always!

As for me, I'll have been in the new job three months by the end of next week so I'm feeling more settled in. At first I felt like I had no idea what I was doing but now I realise it's normal to feel like that. There was a lot to learn – there still is actually – and I soon had to get used to the idea that I can't know everything. I used to work late a lot and at weekends but I'm slowly getting into a normal routine.

Which means I'd love to come and visit! We really need a good catch up! I can't believe we haven't seen each other since Carl's wedding. How does next month sound?

Anyway, I'd better get back to work.

Congratulations on the new flat! Can't wait to see you!

Love,

Linda

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Upper intermediate: B2

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We often have different kinds of ways to keep in touch with different kinds of friends, depending how often we meet them. Before choosing the best way to keep in touch with our friends, we should define the meaning of "often" and "friends".
What kind of people do we call friends here and how many times a month or a year we meet our friends are called 'often'? The friends are mentioned here should be people who we get on with well and used to keep close or everyone we have ever met in classes, parties or anywhere. The period of time between each meeting should be counted by months. If it too long, we become strangers, or if it too short, we should call 'regularly' instead of 'often'. The good friends after months off connection are a goal for us to find out the best ways to stay in touch with them.
Today we have many options to keep in touch with our friends or anyone from anywhere in the world through internet, especially social media. We can use emails to write emails, internet voice to call, or social media to update each other news and to send messages. For example, we can use Facebook, which is widespread all over the world now, to update statuses, photos and videos about our lives or to tell the friends we are still alive and they can message us anytime. Besides you are able to do video calling or messaging on Facebook as well. The internet make we be easier to keep in touch with friends than ever before.
The upwards of internet are you can be stayed in touched with anyone and at anytime, but the downwards is your time will be shattered and you are not easy to focus on anything. The worst things are we become slaves of the internet, even we need doing a digital detox. That's the reason why at my second paragraph I narrowed the kind of friends we should keep in touch. The internet is either good or bad, depending on how we use it for our goals.
To sum up, the best way to keep in touch with friends is through internet. But we should discern the friends and how we use internet to know or inform news to each other.

The best way to be in touch with friends I don’t see often is by Facebook

The best way is keeping quiet to your friends you don't often meet.