Email Writing # 293 - Advice friend about learning a new sport

IELTS Email Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your English-speaking friend who lives in your town has asked for your advice about learning a new sport.

Write an email to your friend. In your email,

  • recommend a new sport that would be suitable for your friend to learn
  • explain how your friend could learn this sport
  • suggest that you both learn this sport together

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your email as follows:

Dear .........................,


Model Answer:

Dear Frank,

Thanks for your email that gives so many details about what is happening with your life. I'm glad to know about them. And I hope that the weather is pleasant for your liking.

I understand that you are seeking my advice in learning a new sport which you are going to like and enjoy playing. I think that indoor table tennis is the best sport for you to try. I'm recommending this indoor sport for you because it'll save you from the uncomfortable heat and humidity of the outdoors.

Learning to play table tennis is rather easy and fun. In fact, if you can move fast and spin your wrist at will to hit the ball, you're a winner in this game! In other words, it's all about speed and timing rather than strength. But, before all of that, you need to practice bouncing the ball so that you can develop your control as well as your feel for the bat on the ball. But, guess what, I have got an even better idea! How about we learn this sport together! 

See you soon. Take care.

Warm regards,


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Dear Amjad,

I hope that you're doing well. I've recently received your email and found that you're interested in a new sport and need my help.

As we’ve studied in the same school, and I know your interests and hobbies, I think that volleyball will be the best sport for you because you’re a tall person and it's the main feature of selection in this sport. Secondly, you’re very interested in throwing a football using one hand during tournaments in school when you were playing as a goalkeeper.

In my area, there is a sports complex where volleyball is being taught. Since it is not available in most sports complexes due to the lack of interest of people, so don’t go anywhere else.

Nowadays, I have free time in the morning because I'm working the evening shift. If you manage your free time reflecting with my time, then I can also join you and we both can learn this new interesting sport.

Let me know if you find anything confusing, and I will clarify it.

Best wishes,


Dear Elon,

I hope this email finds you well. I understand that you're interested in learning a new sport, and I've got the perfect one in my mind for you, and it is none other than "tennis". Tennis is a great sport that's not only fun but also has numerous health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, increasing strength and agility, and promoting mental focus. And I am hoping you would enjoy it a lot.

To learn tennis, there are a few things you could do. Firstly, you could hire a coach who would teach you the basics of the sport, such as how to hold the racket, how to serve, and how to hit the ball. Secondly, you could join a local tennis club where you can play with other beginners and improve your skills. Or, you could practice with a friend, which leads me to my next point.

I would love to learn tennis with you! It would be a great way for us to spend time together and get some exercise. I've played tennis before and would be happy to teach you what I know. We could also hire a coach or join a local club together to take our skills to the next level.

Let me know what you think about this suggestion. I'm excited about the possibility of learning tennis with you and can't wait to get started!

Best regards,