This is part of our preparation series Guide  to the Production Ecrite of your DELF Exam.  You might also find useful:

(1) Guide to writing a post card in french about your vacation

(2) Guide to filling out a form in French

(3) Guide to declining an invitation in French

(4) Guide to accepting an invitation in French

In the Production ecrite section of DELF A1 and DELF A2 you may be asked to write an invitation to someone for a particular event. In this article we will be looking at how to write a message or email inviting someone in french.

In general for your french exam an invitation is usually for, however not limited to, :

  • A wedding
  • dinner
  • vacation
  • to see a movie
  • A Christmas party
  • an office party
  • a party to celebrate an engagement
  • a retirement party
  • a party to celebrate the end of studies
  • a baby shower or the birth of a baby
  • a birthday party

vous_deux_restauration_00_conseil_lyon_mariage_03_0Ensure that you are familiar with the vocabulary related to these events. In the DELF A1 You will be asked to write 40-50 words. While in the DELF A2 you will be asked to write 60-80 words.

When asked to write a letter or a message inviting someone, no matter the type,  the structure is usually the same.  Here are some basic steps to follow when writing  an invitation:

Before you start

  • Read the instruction and make sure it is a letter requesting that you write an invitation
  • Determine to what you need to invite someone
  • Who you should be inviting
  • Determine if you should be writing a friendly invitation or a professional invitation

 

When you are writing:

  • Use the right opening greetings, depending on the type of invitation
  • Say what the invitation is for
  • Say  when and where the event will take place
  • Give them a means to confirm or refuse the invitation
  • Let them know you are looking forward to seeing them at the event
  • Use the correct closing for your message

For the greeting for a professional letter use:

Cher Monsieur ……………………….,
Chère Madam…………………………..,

For the greeting for a friendly letter use:

Cher………………….,
Chère………………….,
Salut……………………..,
Bonjour…………………..,

 

Use the following expressions to start your invitation:

Je vous invite ………………. (au restaurant).

Je vous invite…………………(a diner a la maison).

Vous voulez aller diner au restaurant? Je vous invite.

 

Example of an invitation:

vin-honneur-mariage

Context french:

Vous organisez un vin d’honneur pour votre mariage et vous voulez inviter vos collègues et amis.

Context english:

You organize a reception for your wedding and you want to invite your friends and colleagues.

 

Sample message:

Cher Jean, 

Ca va bien? Pour notre mariage, Sandrine et moi organisons un vin d’honneur à Versailles. Nous espérons que tu seras des nôtres pour fêter avec nous notre bonheur. RSVP  au : 06 87 45 67 00.

Amitiés.

 Matthew

(Word Count: 42 words)

TIP! If you notice, based on the instruction that was given, I reused almost all the words that was given. I do not try to find words. This is extremely useful when you have limited vocabulary.

 

Now it is your turn:

 

Cher/Chère________ [use the first name if it is someone that you are familiar with or the last name if is someone you do not know very well ],

Pour notre mariage, nous organisons un vin d’honneur/ un cocktail à/dans ________ [precise the place where it will be held ]. Nous espérons que vous/tu seras des nôtres pour fêter avec nous notre bonheur. RSVP  au : ________ [ You can write here your postal address, your telephone number or your email address].

Amitiés.

_______________________

 

 

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