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How to Write a Letter In Italian

How do you say "Dear" and "From" or "Sincerely" in Italian when writing a letter? Thank you very much!

April 14, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/sandrabruck

Someone I like and I know well, I address using "Cara/Caro"; in a formal letter I would use "Egregio Signore/Egregia Signora XY," and finish the letter with "....con i miei distinti/cordiali saluti".

Have a look here:

http://www.oneworlditaliano.com/grammatica-italiana/lettere_formali.htm

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolo_IT

Exactly like she wrote. I can add a "stammi bene (take care)" for the conclusion of an informal letter.

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynnich

I would like to know how to address a husband and wife; he was my Italian teacher in Australia and his wife often used to help me out as well. They are both in their late 80's so I don't know how to address them- they were happy for me to speak informally with them and use their first names, I want to write to them but I am not sure how!

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolo_IT

Aww, that's lovely! :-) If they are fine with informality, I'd suggest something like this...

"Cari X e Y (names), come state? (how are you two)."

Then you tell them whatever you need to tell them using "tu" and "voi" (referring to plural, so without capital letter). And finish with...

"Statemi bene (take care)" or "spero di sentirvi presto (I hope to hear from you soon" or "cordiali saluti (best wishes, a bit informal though)". If they write you back you can begin with "è un piacere risentirvi (it's a pleasure to hear from you again)". Hope this helps! Enjoy your reunion :)

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynnich

Thank you very much! I will start my letter tonight.

April 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MartySel1

You can also use "gentile" in formal context, this is how I refer to teachers of my uni in e-mails

April 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Newnew7

thanks

April 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ainsley7718

Thank you all very much!

April 17, 2015
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