Formal & Informal Letters
1. Camping blues
2. A letter to father
3. A complaint letter
4. Job application/ resignation
5. Application for visit
By Law Lok-kwan 4A
Dear Miss Wong,
Thank you for your letter. There were really many unacceptable things about the camp last year. All of those made us very disappointed.
First of all, I want to talk about the location. Last year, the camp site was in Yuen Long. We had to walk about half an hour after getting off the bus. It was too much for us especially with the heavy baggage on our backs.
The second problem was about the sleeping facilities. All the sheets and blankets seemed not to have been cleaned for a long time. They were as old as ragged clothes. There was no air-conditioning. We had to sleep in a room which was a big oven! The worst thing was about the bathroom - a big bathroom for the whole group. Moreover, it was opened for both sexes! What kind of camp was that? And some of the locks on the toilets doors were broken. Wasn't that very inconvenient? I once bumped into a toilet cubicle where there was already a man using it! It was terribly embarrassing for me and I was sure the poor man didn't appropriate my surprising visit either.
The food was very terrible not only because of their bad taste, but also their poor sanitation. One of my classmates even found an unidentified insect swimming blissfully inside his bowl when he was drinking the soup. How could this happen? And the selection of food was totally lacking. We had to eat the same kind of food for six days!
Apart from these, we were also very dissatisfied with the silly games. I think they were just suitable for kids. The better one was the Camp Fire but it was boring - just singing and dancing. None of us enjoyed it at all. Moreover, there were not enough facilities for us to play.
The last one was about the arrangement of time. We had to wake up at 6:00a.m. in the morning and we were not allowed to do anything after 9:00p.m. except sleep. What's the difference with what we did at home?
That's all I could say about last year's camp. I hope the coming camp will be successful under your management.
A Letter to Father
By Ho Kin-kai 4A
Sorry, it's taken so long to write 'cos I can hardly had a minute to myself. Ah, the birthday card you're going to receive was chosen by me and mum. We hope you'll like it.
Father, I've submitted my application form to the Junior Police Call. If I'm admitted, I'll have a chance to organize various activities for other people. Members of the JPC have regular meetings every Saturdays. I'll tell you more about it as soon as I'm admitted.
You mentioned in your last letter that I'd twice stayed out all night without asking mum's permission first. In fact, I'd stayed in Jack's home for two nights during the Christmas holidays. And we had a long chat so I forgot to phone home. I apologize for that and promise not to do the same thing again.
I'm sorry to tell you that I had quarrelled with Ah Man several times because he had been arrogant to me. I sometimes find it hard to control my temper. The 'new, older friends' you mentioned also are in fact members of the Boy Scout. As you know, I'm the leader of the Scout, I must make friends with my members. The guys are younger than me though they look mature. Youngsters are sometimes naughty and like to fool around. That's why mum doesn't like them very much. Anyhow, all my friends are trustworthy and reliable.
Recently I've kept asking for more pocket money 'cos I need to buy many reference books and pay for my tuition class, I've already explained to mum and I think she'll have no more complaints.
Father, I realize that you work very hard to earn us a living. As the eldest son of yours, I always remind myself to set a good example for my two sisters. Though sometimes I do not behave well enough, I promise that I'll keep on achieving the best.
Concerning my mid-year exam, I got B grades in all subjects. Are you proud of my results? I'll continue to work hard for the next exam.
Father, I really miss you. If possible, we'll go to Shanghai to see you in the coming Lunar New Year.
Must stop now as I've a lot of homework to do. Drop me a few lines when you have time.
A Complaint Letter
By Wong Tsz-san/ Winnie Chan 3E
The General Manager,
Skylight Electronics Co.,
2A Mongkok Centre.
Complaint on poor service and defective products
I am writing to complain about the camera that I bought from your shop in Mongkok Centre on November 13, 2001.
When I got home that day, I discovered that the camera was not working properly. The buttons were hard to push. After using it for the first time, I found that half of the photos were unclear. Also, your salesman said that the camera had many functions like zooming but it was not true. Moreover, you shop charged me $4000 for that camera but the list price of the same model was only $3500 in a nearby shop. I felt that your salesman had been dishonest to me.
On the next day, I returned to your shop and demanded a replacement. At first, the Shop Manager refused, but when I told him that I would complain to his superior, he immediately gave me a new one.
However, when my family went to Ocean Park to take some photos, the lens came out suddenly. I went to the shop again and this time requested a refund. But your staff just shouted at me and used foul language to insult my family. I was very dissatisfied with your service.
I hope you can look into the matter. If you do not give me a reply within 14 days, I have no choice but to complain to the Consumer Council.
Job Application & Resignation [ Top ]
By Alice Lam & others 5D
Application for the Post of Tour Guide
Please consider me as a candidate for the post of tour guide advertised in the South China Morning Post on July 15, 2000.
I finished my secondary school studies in Cheng Chek Chee Secondary School. I got five subjects passed including English and Chinese in the HKCEE 1995. Since then I have spent five years working for the Hong Kong Bank as a teller. As I am not the type sitting in the office, day in, day out, I have decided to make a change in my job.
Ideally, my future job should be dealing with people. My previous working experience will be certainly to my advantage in this area. Also, apart from Cantonese and English, I can speak Mandarin and I am not taking a course in Japanese.
I like outdoor activities very much, such as camping, swimming, mountaineering and travelling. I have been to countries all over the world and I enjoy meeting people and knowing more about the customs and traditions of different cultures. So I believe I have the potential to be a successful tour guide.
I am now earning $10,000 a month and I expect my new salary to be around that amount. If appointed, I can start work at the beginning of August.
Enclosed please find my curriculum vitae and copies of my certificates. I am available to attend an interview at your convenience.
Dear Mr. Wan,
I regret to inform you that I have decided to resign from the company (or: terminate my service with the company) with effective from September 1, 2000.
Thank you very much for your kindness and guidance during my service here. May I wish you and your company every success and prosperity in the days to come.
Application for visit [ Top ]
Application for a Visit to the SCMP
We are writing to apply for a visit to your newspaper for our students during the first semester from September to December.
As the leading English-language newspaper of the territory, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) is always a place of interest to everyone. Both our teachers and students will surely be glad to know more about the production of a newspaper they read every day. The SCMP has always been an enthusiastic patron of local educational activities and we sincerely hope that you can give additional thought to our application.
The group will consist of 40 F.4-7 students and 3 teachers who will then responsible for the safety of the participants. The trip will be best arranged in the afternoon on weekdays. Of course, if you wish, we can discuss in detail the above arrangements and other procedural matters. Our teacher-in-charge is Mr X who can be reached at 1234 5678.
May I thank you in advance and look forward to your favourable reply?
Cheng Chek Chee Secondary School
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