Whether you're writing a letter to a Spanish-speaking friend or preparing a formal business letter, the greetings and salutations in this lesson can help give your letters credibility. In personal correspondence, the equivalent of "dear" is querido or querida the past participle of querer , depending on the sex of the person. Querido is used for a male recipient, querida for a female; plural forms queridos and queridas can also be used. In Spanish, it is the rule to follow the greeting with a colon rather than the comma used in English. Use of a comma is seen as an Anglicism.
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We write all the time. From emails to texts, holiday cards to legal forms; writing is an essential skill for daily communication. However, when the subject is Writing in Spanish, the situation changes. Writing in Spanish is easier compared to other languages. It is not so different from writing in English, and the differences are easy to understand and handle. Curious how lessons work?
The following information about writing letters in Spanish is not exhaustive, but should be regarded as information which will make your letters more "Spanish" and very importantly may avoid misunderstandings or misinterpretations. Being familiar with some of the conventions of Spanish letter writing will also be of interest when you receive letters in Spanish or English from Spanish native speakers. In formal letters if you are writing on a plain sheet of paper, it is normal to write your name, without title, above your address at the top of the page, either on the left or the right—hand side of the sheet. When writing your own address, it is of course quite correct to place commas at the ends of lines, if you wish.
Writing a Spanish business letter requires a different approach than when writing a personal or social letter. The style must incorporate a formal tone and presentation, making use of formal business Spanish. This means you cannot simply complete a direct translation from another language in Spanish, put it on your business letterhead and send it.