A Letter of Friendship
6188 Maple Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
May 15, 2003
Why don't you write? Of course, you're busy with the close of school so near; but do take time to as sure me that you will be here for my birthday. You have a standing invitation to attend all my birthday celebr ations, and this is to warn you not to fail to attend this one. Mother says that you must stay at least two weeks — and mother must be obeyed.
Don't forget your tennis racket. The court is better than ever this spring. Don and Ted pronounce it "better than perfect" because they have done the perfecting. And by way of warning: Ted slings a mean racket this year — so you'd better be in practice. Ge plays rings around me.
Please write immediately to tell me when to park the family bus at the station. I must run now, or be late to English class.
1122 Maple Wood
Houston, Texas, 77002
May 22, 2003
Dear Betts ,
It's a shame that business has kept me from answering your last letter. Your note makes me feel guilty, and I pause in my mad rush to say — hold everything till that streamliner pauses at your station at half past five next Saturday afternoon. Tell your mother I may not "obey" in full, but that I'll make her glad to be rid of me. As for Ted, say I'm out of practice — but unafraid.
I'm five minutes late — but I'll make that committee meeting.
Good-bye till Saturday.
A Letter of Inquiry
Foreign Language Department,
Xi'An 710049, P.R. China
University of Birmingham
I am a Chinese teacher and I am teaching English in the English department of Xi'An Jiaotong University. In the coming October, I will go to your university to further my studies in the English department.
I have learnt from the magazine of Birmingham University published by the guild of students that I must apply for my accommodation in advance. Since I am coming alone, I prefer a room in a flat on the campus. I'd like to share the flat with five students from different countries so that I can gain more cultural background knowledge.
I am just writing to ask a favour of you. If not possible, what kind of accommodation could you offer me?
Your kind help would be greatly appreciated.
Looking forward to your early reply.
A Letter of Complaint (1) About the Thoughtless Train Conductor
Dear Mr. Worthington,
One rather annoying aspect of the otherwise satisfactory commuter train service from Lancaster to downtown Manchester is the playing of the radio over the loud speaker system.
This was particularly objectionable this morning on train 610 where riders were subjected to the incessant blaring of rock for nearly the entire trip. Evidently whoever calls the stops is unaware that the background noise of his radio accompanies his announcements. Worse yet, he apparently forgets to press his off-switch, and a thousand passengers are forced to hear this clatter.
Noise pollution on city buses is usually confined to an individual carrying a loud radio. Old smoky railroad does it on a grand scale. I think it should stop.