Practice English with a handwritten letter from a friend.
When is the last time you received a letter from a friend in your mailbox? Not an email in your inbox or text message on your smartphone—a real letter that someone wrote using pen and paper. I bet it’s been a very long time! In our digitally connected world, we are accustomed to instant communication. We’re less patient and can’t imagine waiting a week or more for a letter to arrive in the mail. However, writing by hand is beneficial in both language learning and our everyday lives.
What is a Pen Pal?
Pen Pals are people who regularly write to each other and send letters using postal mail. They are usually strangers whose friendship is based on their exchange of letters.
What are the benefits of a handwritten letter?
- Writing a handwritten letter requires your undivided attention. You are present and focused on what you want to say.
- Studies show that writing by hand improves your muscle memory. It helps you learn new vocabulary because you’re creating a memorable connection between the word or phrase and the act of letter writing.
- Writing encourages creativity. You can doodle or practice your cursive handwriting. It also prompts you to tell a story about a recent event in a creative way!
- You can practice your tenses in English. When we write a letter, we have more space to talk about what is happening in our lives: what we did last week, what we’re doing now, and what our future plans are.
- Writing helps you focus on self-reflection. What are your goals? What has been bothering you lately? What are your plans for the future? This helps you evaluate your English goals and create positive habits that promote effective language learning.
- You’ll learn more about American culture. Real American culture from an everyday American, not what you see in American movies or on TV.
- It’s fun! Receiving a handwritten letter is exciting. It also encourages friendship! It gives us a moment to be mindful and connect with another person.
How do I join?
All you have to do is fill out the form below and send me a letter! Joining my Pen Pal Program is completely free, and I respond to each and every letter myself. You can write me whenever you want, I just ask that correspondence is respectful and appropriate.
Can kids join?
Of course! Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to write letters. I have five children, ages 14, 12, 8, 6 and 4. If your child would like a Pen Pal, one of my children would be happy to send them a letter!
Will you correct my English?
Yes! But only if you want me to. I want letter writing to be a fun way for you to practice your English, not an activity that feels like a written exam. I will provide feedback with every return letter about how to improve your English as well. If you would just like a Pen Pal without correction, that’s okay, too! Just include a note that you would prefer to not receive correction.
Ready to join?