You have seen a job advertised in your local newspaper. Write a letter of application. Introduceyourself and give details of your experience and say why you’d like the job.(申请信)


Dear Sir or Madam,

I’m writing in response to the advertisement you placed in Chicago Newsdaily for a librarianon Monday, Aug. 23.


我是看到你们 8月23日星期一在《芝加哥新闻日报》上招聘图书管理员的广告后才写此信的。

I graduated with a Master’s degree in telecommunicationsin 1992 and began my career at California State University as a young teacher. In 2002, I was promoted to associate professor and DeputyDirector of the Department of Telecom Engineering.


In the past ten years, I have been actively involved in academic researches and have published several articles in “Telecom Now”, “Engineering Research” and “Telecom Strategies”. I also teach marketing strategies on a part-time basis at the university.


However, my husband has recently been relocated to Chicago by his company and I am, therefore, seeking a position in the same area in Chicago.


I have enclosed my resume that outlines in detail my qualificationsand experience as well as an open letter of recommendation from California State University.


Please give me a feedback at your earliest convenienceif my qualifications meet your requirements.


I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Huang



Sue Huang



You have lost your credit card. Write a letter to the bank manager, explain where and how you lost it and any other relevantdetails. Ask the manager to cancel the old card and send you a replacement one.(请求信)


Dear Sir,

I am writing to confirmthe loss of my credit card. I telephoned your office earlier today.



The details of my card are as follows. It is a Master-card in the name of Kenny Gao. The credit card number is 3241 3578 6688. I have had it since 1999. This card is valid from 1999 to 2008.

我那张卡的细节如下:这是一张万事达卡,户名是Kenny Gao,号码是3241 3578 6688,我从1999年到现在一直在用着它,其有效期是1999-2008。

I lost the card yesterday (September 8, 2006) at about 10:30 in the morning. The only time I used the card that day was to buy a pair of sports shoes at Carrifour on Jinqiao Road. By accident, I left the card at the cashier’s, but the shop assistants there could not find the card.


Could you please cancel my card immediately and make the necessary arrangementsto issue me with a replacement card? I can be contacted at the following address: Room 201, No. 32, 555 Lane, Huashan Road. Should you ever wish to call me, here is my number: 123456789.


Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you.


Yours faithfully,

Kenny Gao


Kenny Gao



You are writing your first letter to a pen pal. Introduce yourself and tell her that you will be visiting her country during the summer vacationand suggest meeting her.(日常信)


Dear Sue,

How are you? I obtained your name and address from Pen Pal International. I am very glad to write to you and we become pen pals.



Let me first introduce myself. I’m currently working as an English teacher at Shanghai Onlytoya College. I graduated from Shanghai Foreign Languages University in 1988, majoring in English literature and linguistics. I got my Master’s degree in pragmaticsin 1998. I like playing erhu (a kind of Chinese musical instrument) and listening to pop music. I am also very interested in traveling. Oh, yes, I am a great bar-goer!


This summer, I will be traveling to Australia. I will be attending a conference on behalfof my college in Sydney from July 10 to 16. After the conference, I plan to do some sightseeing in Australia, maybe five more days. If you are free, I would be very happy to meet you in person. Perhaps we could have lunch together.


Well, let me finish here. I am already eagerly awaitingyour reply to this first letter. Please tell me all about yourself and your interests. I hope we can become good friends.


Yours truly,

Kenny Gao


Kenny Gao



Your friend is getting married and he has invited you to his wedding. However, you can’t make it for a certain reason. Now write a letter to explain why.(谢绝信)


Dear Steve and Monica,

Thank you very much for the invitation to your wedding. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend.



The reason, I’m pleased to say, is that Wendy is pregnantand the baby is due more or less on the day of your wedding! Although she said it’d be all right for me to come over alone, I feel it’s the least I could do as husband, that is, to be by her side and to take of care her after the baby arrives.


We’re both hoping it’ll be a girl and plan to name her Margaret, after her grandmother. But if it’s a boy, we plan to name him Fredrick. No particularreason except that we both like the name.


Anyway, I would like to wish you both a long and happy life together and hope to come to see you as soon as Wendy is well enough.


Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to send us some photographs.


Cheers for now,

Ken and Wendy



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