Hence a section on Electronic Mail has been included at the end of this chapter.
Letters are laid out in two basic styles or variations thereof: the block style and the indent style.
In Belgium, a sensitive issue is the relations between Dutch and French speakers.
You should avoid questions or comments on that topic. Belgians are known for their auto derision and their sense of humour (although, of course, there are exceptions).
Upon being introduced to someone, one can very well talk about subjects like the family and work.
In general, Belgians do not like to be thought of as being the same as French and because of the somewhat tense situation between French speaking and Flemish speaking Belgians, political subjects are better left alone at a first meeting.
The complimentary close and signature block are at the bottom right.
I once thought I could surprise my man with a really delicious bean soup for dinner, only to hear "but where's the chicken? The minute he starts speaking, it's as if someone just yelled "FREE NUTELLA!!!
" He actually left, bought roasted chicken, and had the nerve to put it in my soup and say, "There we go.
The underlying principle of all forms of communication, not just letter writing, is the following: say what you have to say clearly and succinctly (see Chapter 13 Plain Language, "Plain Language").
The layout of the document should be such that the reader can quickly determine who the sender and intended recipient are, when the document was written or sent, what it is about, and what follow-up, if any, is required of the recipient.