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How to Write a Letter in Spanish

How to Write a Letter in Spanish

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Whether you're writing an email, or correo electrónico , to a hotel to book your reservation or you're catching up with an old friend by snail mail, knowing how to write a basic letter, or carta , in Spanish will help you communicate better and feel more confident in your linguistic abilities.

In this article, we'll show you everything you need to know about writing a letter in Spanish.

How to Begin a Letter

To begin a letter in Spanish, you need to address the recipient of your letter. Check out our list to see a couple of different options for greetings.

SpanishEnglishUse
A quien pueda interesar,  / A quien corresponda: To whom it may concern,formal
Estimado señor o señora:
 
Dear Sir or Madam,formal
Estimado(a) Sr. / Sra. / Srta.
 
Dear Mr. / Mrs. / Ms.,formal
Hola,
 
Hi, / Hi there, / Hey,informal

Watch Out!

Spanish speakers usually use a colon (:) to separate the greeting from the body of the letter, especially when writing formal letters, whereas English uses a comma (,).

  • Estimado:  vs. Dear,

What to Include in the Body of a Letter

Now for the fun part - the content of your letter! In the following table, you'll find a list of phrases and words that you can use to write a form letter, like a business letter, or an informal email to a friend.

SpanishEnglishUse
Adjunto encontrará...
 
Attached please find...formal
Lo/la estoy contactando sobre...
 
I am reaching out regarding...formal
Te escribo porque...
 
I'm writing you because...informal
Me quería comunicar contigo sobre...
 
I wanted to touch base regarding...informal / formal
Gracias por su asistencia con este asunto.
 
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.formal
Quedo a la espera de recibir noticias suyas tan pronto le sea posible.
 
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.formal
Por favor déjeme saber si puedo ser de alguna otra ayuda.
 
Please let me know if I can be of any further help.formal
Por favor no dude en contactarme si necesita más información.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.formal
Gracias por su respuesta rápida.
 
Thanks for your prompt response.formal
Tanto tiempo sin hablarnos.
 
Long time no talk.informal
¡Tanto tiempo!
 
It's been a while!informal
¿Cómo te va?
 
How are you doing?informal
¿Cómo te va todo?
 
How's everything going with you?informal
Espero que estés bien.
 
Hope you're doing well.informal
Encantado(a) de ayudarte(le)
 
Happy to help!informal
¡Nos vemos!
 
See you!informal

Remember that Spanish has formal and informal forms of you:

  • is used when talking to people you know, like your friends, or people the same age as you or younger.
  • Usted is used when talking to someone you don’t know, someone older, or someone to whom you wish to show respect and formality.

Want to learn more about the differences between and usted? Check out our article on the Spanish you.

How to End a Letter

There are a variety of phrases and closings that you can use to end your letter. Check them out here:

SpanishEnglishUse
Un saludo,
 
Cheers,informal
Saludos,
 
Best,informal
Saludos cordiales,
 
Best regards,formal
Seguimos en contacto,
 
We'll / Let's keep in touch,informal
Quedo a la espera de sus noticias,
 
Looking forward to hearing from you,formal
Quedo a la espera de su respuesta,
 
Looking forward to your reply,formal
Espero saber de ti pronto,
 
Hope to hear from you soon,informal
Atentamente,  / Cordialmente, Sincerely, / Sincerely yours, / Yours sincerely, / Yours faithfully,formal
Con cariño,  / Besos, Love,informal
Con amor,
 
With love,informal
Cuídate,
 
Take care,informal
Mantente en contacto,
 
Keep in touch,informal
Hablamos pronto,
 
Talk soon,informal
Muchas gracias,
 
Many thanks,informal
Muchísimas gracias,
 
Thank you very much,formal

Now that you know the different parts of a letter and what to say in them, check out some example letters below!

Informal Letter or Email

Spanish

Hola Patricia,

¿Cómo te va? ¡Tanto tiempo sin hablarnos! ¿Vas a ir a la boda de Matt y Kim? ¡Me encantaría verte!

Hablamos pronto,

Andrés

English

Hi Patricia,

How's it going? Long time no talk! Will you be going to Matt and Kim's wedding? Would be great to see you!

Talk soon,

Andres

Formal Letter

Spanish

A quien pueda interesar:

Escribo para inquirir sobre el estado de mi solicitud de subvención. Adjunto encontrará una copia de la solicitud, junto a otros documentos informativos. Por favor no dude en contactarme si necesita más información. Quedo a la espera de recibir noticias suyas tan pronto le sea posible. Gracias por su asistencia con este asunto.

Cordialmente,

Melinda

English

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to inquire about the status of my grant application. Attached please find a copy of my application, along with other informational documents. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Melinda

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