French letter writing phrases

French letter writing phrases

In this lesson you will learn to write a letter in French, with the polite formulas to put in a letter in French.

This course may be useful for you to write a personal or professional letter.

1 – How to start a letter in French

If you do not know the name of the person to whom you are writing:

  • Dear Sir, Dear Madam, => Cher Monsieur, Chère Madame,

If you know the person’s name:

  • Dear Mr Pignon, => Cher M. Pignon, (if it’s a man)
  • Dear Mrs Pignon, => Chère Madame Pignon, (if it’s a woman)
  • Dear Miss Pignon, => Chère Mlle Pignon, (if it’s a young unmarried woman)

If you know the person to whom you are writing personally:

  • Cher Thomas, (if it’s a man)
  • Chère Nicole, (if it’s a woman)

2 – Writing a letter in French: useful expressions

  • Thank you for your letter of May 14th. => Merci pour votre lettre du 14 mai dernier.
  • With reference to your inquiry of 1st August, => Suite à votre demande du 1er août,
  • Could you possibly… ? => Vous serait-il possible de … ?
  • I would be grateful if you could … => Je vous serais reconnaissant de bien vouloir…
  • Please find enclosed… => Veuillez trouver ci-joint…

3 – Finish a letter in French

If you don’t know the person you’re writing to:

  • Yours faithfully, / Yours sincerely, (followed by your signature) => Cordialement,

If you know the person (at work):

  • Best regards, / Best wishes, (followed by your signature) => Bien à vous,

If you know the person very well (friends, family…):

  • Looking forward to hearing from you. => J’ai hâte d’avoir de vos nouvelles. / J’ai hâte d’avoir de tes nouvelles.
  • Looking forward to seeing you. => J’ai hâte de vous voir. / J’ai hâte de te voir.