How to write a Christmas Card

This is actually really simple. Just mix together some phrases. The phrases are fixed phrases, and so using a computer translation system will ruin the card.

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Key phrases:

  • To Yuki, I/We wish you and yours  (for person + family)
  • Dear Yuki, Wishing you
  • a (very) Merry Christmas
  • Happy/Wonderful/Fantastic New Year
  • Happy/Wonderful/Fantastic 2018
  • Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
  • Wishing you all the best these holidays
  • Peace, joy, and love to you and your family.
  • May your Christmas season be filled with joy
  • Sending you happy tidings this holiday season.
  • May this New Year be filled with joy!
  • God bless you this holiday season — Merry Christmas!

For more, see: https://holidappy.com/greeting-cards/Christmas-Card-Messages-What-to-Write-in-a-Christmas-Card.

DO: Use phrases nicely put together, and maybe add a personal message if you like. Messages in cards are usually short and simple. However, each message should be unique. Example:

Dear Yukihiro,

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2018.

Many happy returns,

Hiroyuki & family

Another example:

To Masahiro,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year. We hope all will go well for your trip to Vietnam this Spring.

Very best,

Hiromasa & Yuki

Typing speed

It’s interesting that many people cannot type in the most efficient way. I learnt to type as a child, and then professionally after university. I wish that I had been properly taught when I was in high school, because I would have been able to get my assignments done a lot quicker. Nowadays, for any job in an office or government department in western countries, you need to show a certificate of typing achievement.  What typing speeds do you need?

  • For typical government jobs: About 25 words per minute (wpm)
  • The average typist does about 41 wpm
  • Men about 44 wpm, women 38 wpm
  • About half of the population cannot exceed 50 wpm
  • Fastest ever was Stella Pajunas in 1946 at 216 wpm on an electronic typewriter.
  • The Dvorak keyboard is about twice faster than the common Qwerty type.
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Resources

  1. Typing Study, Wikihow.com/Teach yourself to touch type,
  2. Typing.com/games,
  3. Typing Test English.

Sources