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IELTS: Letter to foreign country friend, starting an import-export business


xingshigang 4 / 9  
Apr 11, 2014   #1
One of your friends in a foreign country is starting an import-export business, and he has asked you to recommend a product from your country to him. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

1. Say what product you want to recommend to him
2. Tell him where he/she can get this product
3. Explain why you want to recommend this product

Dear Mr. Robert.

I was very pleased to receive your letter after quite a long time and I was also happy to learn about your new business venture. I am here to offer you any support you need from this end, dear friend

As you know, I am living in a mainland city so that the forestry is very thrive in my hometown, which result in a prosper timber chair trade.

In the first place, it is with ease to find local chair factories, mainly located in the city, in the area. I am willing to find their phone numbers for you to contact them.

Furthermore, the local timber chair on several aspects is excellent. Firstly, all the material is sourced from local trees so that the chair product can afford more than five hundred kilos. Moreover, the cost of local labour is relatively competitive in comparison to that in other countries. Therefore, it is profitable to import our chairs and sale in your country.

Lastly, I can guarantee the quality of the product and feel free to contact me if you would like to know the details about the chairs. Hope your business will be successful in the future.

Best regards,
Shigang xing
Pahan 1 / 1,906 553  
Apr 11, 2014   #2
Dear Mr. Robert.

Well, since your prompt suggests you that he's a friend of yours, it is better you follow the style for an informal letter. Here are some notes on formal and informal letters and hope that would be helpful for you for this task;

different opening and closing. The chart below will help you remember this:
Style Characteristics Opening Ending
Formal To someone you have not met, whose name you don't know Dear Sir / Madam Yours faithfully
Semi-formal To someone you may or may not have met, whose last name you know & use Dear Mr Brown Yours sincerely
Informal To someone you know well, whose first name you know and use Dear John Best regards/ Warm wishes
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Apr 11, 2014   #3
Good advice by Pahan. Yes, they will certainly expect you to write an informal letter for this prompt :)

I am so happy to receive your letter asking me to recommend a local product to you.

I was very pleased to receive your letter after quite a long time and I was also happy to learn about your new business venture. I am here to offer you any support you need from this end, dear friend.
OP xingshigang 4 / 9  
Apr 11, 2014   #4
I have rewrotten this essay does it look better?
dumi 1 / 6,927 1592  
Apr 11, 2014   #5
rewrotten

...Hey, the right word is rewritten and not rewrotten.
write (present tense) / wrote (past tense) / written (past participle)

As you know, I am living in a mainland city so that the forestry is very thrivea thriving business in my hometown, which result in a prosper timber chair trade.

Well, forestry is about the science or practice of planting, managing, and caring for forests. So, it is about preserving and taking care of forests and not about cutting trees for industries. So I don't get your idea here :(
Pahan 1 / 1,906 553  
Apr 11, 2014   #6
Yes, dumi is quite right about this point. If you want to help your friend with making chairs, tell a reason like this;

In terms of importing a product from my country to yours, I cannot think of any other better item than Teak chairs. It is a great industry here and we have large Teak plantations that guaranteed the supplies of wood at any given time and the price too is comparatively cheaper here. Also, our carpentry too have developed great expertise over so many years and they produce classic furniture items in Teak.


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