Semi-formal letter, like many addresses

Letter B1 in 4 steps and 8 examples (2021)

Write letter B1: usually consists of information on the place and date of writing, the salutation, the text and the closing formula.

The envelope usually contains information about the sender, the recipient's address and, if sent, a postage.

Writing a letter B1 2019: Schematic representation

Before writing:

  • read the task exactly right
  • How is the situation?
  • who writes
  • What does he / she want from you
  • What is your relationship with this person

While writing:

  • First, write the place and date
  • Choose an adequate form of address and closing formula
  • Formulate the introduction and closing sentences
  • Put the four guiding points in a logical order
  • Write about two sentences for each of the leitpunkts
  • Not just string together individual main clauses, but connect the clauses with one another

Control at the end:

  • Use the appropriate form of address (you or you form)
  • For the Sie-Form: capitalize all salutation prognoses
  • Correct salutation and closing formulas
  • Don't forget the introduction and closing sentences
  • Write for all four points
  • Check verb position in main clauses and subordinate clauses
  • After the salutation, don't forget the comma and the first word of the letter

Letter of Complaint B2 example PDF and sample [Telc]

Letter forms

If you write to friends in the you-form. Both are possible to colleagues and less good friends or acquaintances, even if you address the person by their first name. It depends on how far away you are from this person.

  • Formal and semi-formal letters:

If you only write in the you form, make sure that, in addition to you, yours are capitalized in the letter

Scheme of the personal letter:

Place and date

Munich, August 19, 2019

Salutation love Julia

Introduction sentence thank you for ...

Letter text ……………………….



Greetings Many greetings! / Best regards!

Signature Paul /….

B1 exam model test write letter


Writing a letter B1 Example for a personal letter

Greetings to grandma

Munich, August 1st, 2019

Dear Grandma,

You haven't heard from me in a long time. It's time I got in touch with you again.

At the moment the sun and the heat paralyze the whole day in Munich, luckily I live only five minutes away from the nearest swimming lake, so I can spend most of the time by the water.

When I review my schedule for the next three months, I unfortunately have to realize that I am unable to pay a visit to Rosenheim.

If I can still come, I will of course have a look at you too. Until then, I wish you beautiful sunny days and look forward to hearing from you again.

Best regards!

Your grandson


Scheme of formal and semi-formal letters:

Sender place, date

Recipient Munich, August 1st, 2019


Salutation Dear_

First Sentence Thank you for your.

Letter test …………………………………



Final sentence ………………………………….

Best regards /!

Signature of Mario Obermeier

Writing a letter B1 Example for the formal letter:

Munich, August 1st, 2019

Max and Elsa Eggers


80727 Munich

Talkirchen guesthouse

Eder family

Your advertisement in the Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dear Sirs and Madames,

We refer to your above-mentioned offer, which interests us very much, because we would like to spend our vacation in South Tyrol this time. We would like to ask you to send us your prospectus so that we can find out more.

We thank you in advance.

With best regards!

Max Eggers

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Example for the semi-formal letter:

You would like to attend a language course in Nuremberg and are still looking for a room during this time.

That's why they wrote to a friend who was doing a language course in Nuremberg a year from now and asked him for information. He answered you right away:

Munich, July 6th, 2019

Dear Max,

Thank you for your mail. I think it's great that you want to go to Munich in the summer to improve your German.

It really helps a lot if you only hear, read and speak German for a few weeks. In my opinion, it is best if you live in a shared apartment, because there you have the most opportunities to speak a lot. That's why I'm sending you the cell phone number of the flat share resident.

Call her as soon as possible.

I will be very happy to hear from you again soon.

Many greetings to your parents too!


Congratulations on the wedding from a work colleague

Frankfurt, July 1st, 2019

Dear Ms. Rita-Schmidt, dear Mr. Schmidt

I was very pleased to learn that you have decided to officially go through life together from now on. It is especially nice to know that the two of you have found each other here at the company.

I wish you both from the bottom of my heart that you will collect many memories together - and only the most beautiful ones.

With best regards and wishes for the happiness of your life together!

Karl Pettersson

Greetings to an aunt:

Dear Aunt Martina,

Thank you very much for your interest in my future plans.

If all goes well, I might get the opportunity to train to be a reserve officer. After that, I actually wanted to make my hobby, “Computer”, my job and study computer science.

But as I said, first the Abitur. If everything goes on as before, I could come up with a good average.

All exams will be over in six weeks. Then I have a two week vacation in Ibiza ahead of me.

Maybe we'll see you on Grandma's 80th birthday in Wasserburg

Until then and best regards to Uncle Jonas!


Example of a thank you letter for the surprise party:

Dear friend,

that was really a real surprise. As you all have probably noticed, I was simply speechless. At such a professionally and secretly organized party, I really don't get a lot more invited.

What still seems like a miracle to me is how you got the buffet, the music and beer tap system as well as all the decorations into my apartment in such a short time.

I was really happy again.

To all of you, many, many thanks!