A Letter of Advice
F. 3A            
Chan Ka Yu 

Dear Amy,

First of all, thank you for writing me this letter. I am sorry after hearing about your problems. Maybe I can give you some advice and things will get better soon.

Your first problem is about your weight. Besides having a healthy diet, I suggest that you could try to do some healthy exercises, such as playing ball games and swimming. It is a good way to keep fit and healthy. If you keep on doing these, I am sure you will become slimmer and healthier. Besides, you should not mind your own appearance a lot. Everyone has different appearances and you should tell your friends about this. I am sure they will be friendly to you again.

Your next problem is about your English school work. I think you are afraid of learning English so you get low marks in English tests. I suggest that you could give yourself more
chances to listen to and learn English, such as watching TV programmes in English. It is not a problem if you don’t know the meaning of the words. If you keep on watching them, you will have great improvement in English.

Your last problem is about your relationship with your parents. I suggest that you could enjoy your holiday with your parents, such as having lunch with them on Sunday. This kind of activity can fix your relationship with your parents. I also suggest that you should share your feelings and worries with your parents; maybe they can give you some good ideas.

Hope my advice works. Write to me again if you have further problems.

Yours truly,
John Chan.

  How to write a letter to ask for/give advice:

 Asking for Advice:

Paragraph 1 - reason(s) for writing

Main Body
Paragraphs 2-3 - description of problem(s)

Final Paragraph - closing remarks
Full name

 Language for Letters Asking for Advice:

Opening Remarks:

- I am writing to ask if you could (possibly) help me with...
- I would appreciate it if you could give me some advice about...
- I am writing to ask for your advice.
- I would be grateful (=thankful) if you could give me some/ a piece of advice.
- Could you possibly give me a piece of advice?
- I wonder if you could help me with a problem.

- I'm writing to ask for your advice.
- Can you give me your advice?
- I've got a problem and I need your advice.
- What should I do about...?

Closing Remarks:

- I would appreciate it if you could give me your advice as soon as possible.
- I look forward to receiving your advice.
- It would be of great help if you could advise me.

- What do you think I should do?
- Please let me know what you think I should do.
- Please tell me what to do.

 Giving Advice:

Paragraph 1 - thanks for letter/express understanding of problem

Main Body
Paragraphs 2-3 - suggestion(s) + reason(s)

Final Paragraph - closing remarks
Full name

 Language for Letters Giving Advice:

Opening Remarks:

- Thank you for your letter requesting...
- I am writing in reply to your letter asking for advice about...
- I hope the following advice will be of some help to you.

- I just got your letters and I think I can help you.
- I was sorry to hear about your problem. Here's what I think you should do.

Suggestions can be introduced with expressions such as:

- I strongly recommend that...
- I would suggest that...
- I believe the best course of action is...
- I would advise you to...
- You should/You ought to...
- If I were you, I would...
- If I were in your place/position/situation/shoes..., I would ('d)...

- Why don't you?
- It would be a good idea to...
- What you should do is...
- How about+gerund...?
- I think you should...
- The best advice I can give you is...

Closing Remarks:

- I trust you will accept this advice.
- I hope this will be of help.
- I would very much like to know if this was helpful.

- Hope this has helped.
- Let me know what happens.

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