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    Writting a letter abroad.

    Hello, my name is Michel.
    I'm 19 years old and from the Netherlands.

    I'm almost done with my study and I want to go to Japan for a year (study year)
    An acquaintance of my mothers her colleague where I'm really familiar with knows someone in Japan.
    The colleague wanted me to to write a letter from her perspective introducing myself. (because she doesn't speak English very well. )

    My English isn't so great either so I hope you will be able to help me a little bit with everything to make a good email. :)
    In the mail I want to:

    -make a opening from my colleague's perspective her name is Alice telling I want to go to Japan and tell that I have a send her a mail to send to him (or something like this)

    -introduce myself

    -tell why I'm interested in going to Japan

    -what I will be doing in japan and for how long

    -ask if they know people where I could stay or if I could stay with them while being in Japan

    -proper ending of the mail

    I will start working on the mail once I posted this and I will place the result down here.

    Friendly greetings Michel Jurgens
    Last edited by Leonardoven; 29-Nov-2016 at 17:47.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Welcome to the forum.

    Before we go on, please use the Edit Post function to capitalise the word "I" throughout your post, and to change "u" to "you". There was no need to capitalise "colleagues" or "greetings".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Before we go on, please use the Edit Post function to capitalise the word "I" throughout your post, and to change "u" to "you". There was no need to capitalise "colleagues" or "greetings".
    I hope everything is correct now, Thank you for the quick response!

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    There are still two uncapitalised "I"s and I noticed that "knows" has been incorrectly capitalised. You might think I'm being pedantic but it's important to get the basics right before moving to anything more complicated.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There are still two uncapitalised "I"s and I noticed that "knows" has been incorrectly capitalised. You might think I'm being pedantic but it's important to get the basics right before moving to anything more complicated.
    Okay I see, [I'm) needs a capital I aswell and I also changed the capital letter from "knows" I will do my best to learn from the mistakes I make.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardoven View Post
    Okay i see,
    That's a rather ironic error!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's a rather ironic error!
    Haha, I've been typing english without capitalizing the letter 'i' for more then 7 years. They never learned me this at school I will try my best but mistakes are bound to happen!

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardoven View Post
    Haha, I've been typing English without capitalizing the letter word 'I' for more then than 7 years. They never learned taught me this at school. I will try my best but mistakes are bound to happen!
    See above.

    Now, on to your original post. Why don't you just write the letter, post it (in a new thread) and we'll look at it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Okay, if i understand it correctly:

    Languages are written with a capital letter, I is a word
    and they never taught me to capitalize the word I so I learned it wrong?

    I will post my mail once I'm finished writing it in a different thread.

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    Re: Writting a letter abroad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leonardoven View Post
    Okay, if I understand it correctly:

    Languages are written with a capital letter. I is a word.
    and They never taught me to capitalize the word I so I learned it wrong?

    I will post my mail once I'm finished writing it in a different thread.
    The letter "i" is a letter and is usually not capitalised unless it's the first letter of a sentence (or it's a standalone word). When we talk about the word "I" (first person singular pronoun), it must be capitalised. That includes anything that contains the first person singular pronoun:

    I
    I'm (I am)
    I've (I have)
    I'd (I would)
    I'll (I will)

    All proper nouns must be capitalised. That includes the names of companies, books, authors, films, languages, countries, cities, streets and many other things.

    I wouldn't say that you learned it wrong. You didn't learn it at all if they didn't teach it to you. If they had taught you to capitalise "I" but you thought they said "Don't capitalise i​", then you would have learned it wrong.

    One more thing about your original post - you misspelled "writing" in your title. (This edit was cross-posted with Kilroy65.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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