GT Writing Task 1: Sample 39 - You are writing your first letter to a pen pal

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have a pen pal and you are writing your first letter to that pen pal. In your letter, describe your previous studies and work experience, your current activities, hobbies and interests. Also, tell your pen pal that you will be visiting him/her.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............, 


Model Answer 1:

Dear David,

I hope you are doing great. I am so excited to be your pen pal and writing my first letter to introduce myself. I hope you will write me some time as I would like to know more about you.

As you already know I live in Manila, the capital of the Philippines and a bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. It is a lively city with more than 1.8 million population.

Regarding my education, I have completed my graduation from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila and my major was Bachelor of Business Administration. I finished my MBA at the University of the East in 2015 and soon after that, I started working for Ayala Corporation - one of the largest holding companies in the Philippines. I am now a senior executive in this company.

I was so excited to know that you maintain a blog as I also do it. You can visit my personal blog at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Besides, I am a volunteer for a charity organisation that works for the destitute and less privileged population in our city. I am so surprised that you also like travelling as it is my passion to be able to visit different parts of the world.

I would like to thank you for inviting me to the UK. I am sure I will someday visit you and explore this great country.

Take care and write me back when time allows you to do so.

Warm wishes,

Daniel Francis


Sample Answer 2:

Dear John,

I am Raj from Delhi, India, writing to introduce myself. As a pen pal, I want to let you know more about me. I would like to thank you for your letter and it was nice knowing so many things about you. I must say, you have a great way of writing.

We both share many common interests and hobbies and it is indeed a great surprise. The subjects that we had opted in for our respective college and university education were coincidentally common. As a matter of fact, it is due to this reason both of our employment sector and job responsibilities are strikingly similar. Ironically, the respective companies in which we both are employed are archrivals in the industry of Finance and Banking.

I would like to update you about some of the recent events. I have lately joined yoga and meditation classes. However, I still do not miss my age-old hobby of swimming. It is hard to recollect even a single day, barring the weekly off, when I miss a dip in the swimming pool. Apart from this, my weekends are generally devoted to spending time strictly with my family. The overall credit for my health, however, goes to the one and a half session of yoga classes in the morning.

Thank you for inviting me to visit your city. I will certainly try to come and meet you. Let us catch up in the coming December and till then take care and keep in touch.

Warm wishes,

Neeraj Mehra

[Written by - Neeraj Mehra ]


Model Answer 3:

Dear Adam,

My name is Alex Green, and I received your name and mailing address from a renowned magazine in Japan called Nara Pen Pals. I am very excited to have this opportunity to write to you and become pen pals. I hope you would write me back.

I’m currently working as a computer programmer in a large multinational company in Japan. I graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor’s degree in computer science in December 2017. While I greatly enjoy my current job, I’m interested in pursuing a Master’s degree and hope to begin graduate studies next March. My hobbies include blogging, travelling listening to rock music, playing the piano and playing table tennis. I try to visit a different country each year and so far had been to eight of them.

I would be glad to meet you someday. I hope I would be able to become your friend and then meet you to know more about you.   

Well, let me finish here. I am already eagerly awaiting your reply to this first letter. Please tell me all about yourself and your interests.

Warm wishes,

Daniel Red


Model Answer 4:

Dear Ahmed,

Hope this letter finds you well. I am very excited to have this opportunity to write to you as a pen pal. I hope we would become good friends.

In my first letter to you, I would like to tell about my education, job and hobbies. I completed my graduation from the University of Edinvera in 2016 and my major was data engineering. Afterwards, I joined the multinational company - Siemens, as a data analyst. I still work there and I really enjoy my job. I like to explore the world and meet new people to know about their tradition and lifestyle. So far I had been to more than 10 countries and planning to visit Italy this summer. I am health conscious and regularly take part in physical activities. For this reason, I am an active member of the renowned fitness centre ‘Shape’.

I hope we would be able to extend our friendship and become good buddies. I would be glad to meet you in person sometime in the middle of next year when I will be visiting your country.

Warm regards,

Fahad Sultan

[ Written by - Fahad Sultan ]

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