GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 9
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You have just moved into a new home and are planning to hold a party. You are worried that the noise may disturb your neighbour.
Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter:
- introduce yourself
- describe your plans for the party
- invite your neighbour to come to the party
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any addresses.
Begin your letter as follows:
Model Answer 1:
Dear Mr and Mrs Joseph,
I am Cory Flake and I have moved into the neighbourhood last January. I am very excited to announce that I will hold a party to welcome my friends and relatives to this new house and I would be honoured to have you among us. However, I apologise in advance for the commotion the party might create.
I am a civil engineer and have rented a house in lane 5 a month ago. I moved into this house with my wife and two daughters. So far the neighbours and surrounding area seem impressive and I am lucky to be here. To invite a few friends, colleagues and relatives to my new house, I and my wife have planned to organise a family party on 4th February. I would like you to be with us on that day. Your whole family is invited. It will be a family occasion and we will arrange dinner, some music and a kid’s show.
I am also afraid that the noise and gathering might disturb some of our neighbours as more than 30 guests and children are expected to be present. Our heartfelt apology in advance for that.
Thank you for your kind consideration and we are expecting your presence at the party.
Model Answer 2:
Dear Mr and Mrs Gordon:
I have recently bought a new house in your neighbourhood and I am honoured to be your new neighbour. I am a doctor and my wife is a Chartered Accountant. My wife and I are planning to hold a small party on 2nd November and would like to invite you to the party.
We plan to have a housewarming party and we will invite some of our close friends, colleagues, relatives and our parents to our new home. We are expecting around 30 guests and some of them will bring their young children. The party will start at around 5.00 pm and end at 8.30 pm. We will order different dishes including Italian and Chinese food, drinks and candies from a renowned restaurant. One of our guests is a professional musician and we have arranged a music gala at the party.
I hope everyone will enjoy the party and have fun including you. I would be very grateful if you accept my invitation and join us. Moreover, I apologize in advance for any inconveniences caused due to noise resulting from the gathering and party. Please bear with us and give us a chance to meet in person.
I hope to see you at the party.
Model Answer 3:
Dear Mr Peter,
My name is Kevin Lewis, and I am your new neighbour. I have just moved into my new house, next to yours, a couple of weeks ago. I am planning to hold a party next weekend which will be attended by at least 20-25 people. I also thought that perhaps you and your family members would like to join us as well.
The “housewarming” party is set to start at around 5:00 pm. At first, the guests will be served with soft drinks and snacks of different varieties to keep them full until at least 9:00 pm. After the welcome drinks and snacks, we will have a guitar-playing competition in which several of my friends will entertain us with their guitar skills. Finally, we will have dinner before ending the party at around 11:00 pm at the latest.
There will naturally be some talks and laughs at the party, but please rest assured that we will try our best to keep it quiet as much as possible. But, if there are any noise to trouble you, I would like to apologize to you in advance. Thank you.
1. Unlike the letters you write in your real life, you should not write a date and an address in your IELTS letter.
2. Paragraphing is very important. You should not write the whole letter in a single paragraph.
3. You should, most of the time, avoid repeating the words and phrases mentioned in your letter question. Try to use synonyms and paraphrasing instead.
4. You might be accustomed to finishing a letter and signing it off at the right side of your paper. However, we absolutely encourage you not to do that in your IELTS letter. Please sign off your letter at the left side of your exam paper.
5. When you sign off an informal letter (a letter to your friend or someone you know very well), just write down your first name at the end. When you sign off a formal or semi-formal letter, write your full name instead.