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This is part of our series Guide on the Production Ecrite of your DELF Exam.This guide is useful for any french exam that follows the CEFR scale of languages, such as the DELF, TCF, TEF. 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 writing a letter accepting an invitation in french

(4) Guide to writing an invitation in french

 

In the Production ecrite section of DELF A1 and DELF A2 you may be asked to write a or message congratulating someone on something that they have achieved. In general for your french exam letter of congratulation  can be professional or  personal,  with topic ranging from :

  • Congratulate someone ( a friend, or a family member) on an engagement in french
  • Congratulate someone ( friend or co-worker) on their marriage
  • Congratue someone ( a colleague, friend or family member) on a promotion or a new job
  • Congratulate someone ( a friend, family member etc) pasting an exam or getting into a school
  • Congratute someone ( usually a friend in this case) on getting a new apartment
  • Congratule someone  ( friend, family member, colleague) on the arrival of a new baby

In this article we will be looking at how to write a message or letter in french congratulation someone who has passed an exam.

How to plan your letter

It is possible to plan and practice various response to the possible exercises before the date of your exam.  In general, when you are writing a letter congratulating someone there are certain information you may include, such as:

  • The right opening greetings
  • Mention what you are congratulating them for
  • Tell them how happy you are for them
  • Ask a question to see what the person will do after  ( it might be appropriate for someone who just retired or passed an exam)
  • Simply state that you have sent a gift ( idea for a baby shower, the birth of a child, a retirement etc)
  • Give a positive conclusion
  • Choose the closing of your letter or message based the type of letter.

 

Before you start

  • Read the instruction and ensure it is a letter requesting that you congratulate someone
  • who are you congratulating
  • Determine what exactly you are congratulating them for.
  • Determine if it is a friendly invitation or a professional invitation.

 

 

For the greeting for a professional letter use:

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

For the greeting for a friendly letter use:

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

 

Useful expressions:

  • Felicitations!
  • Bravo!
  • Je suis content(e) pour vous (toi).
  • Je suis vraiment très heureuse pour toi !

 

Sample letter congratulating someone. Rédiger une note de félicitations

Une personne de votre famille a été reçue avec succès au passage d’un examen, en vue de l’obtention d’un diplôme. Il/elle en est fier(e). Vous lui accordez votre reconnaissance.

 

Sample Response:

Cher Martin,

Félicitations pour ta réussite au bac. Je suis vraiment très heureuse pour toi ! Alors, dites-moi, qu’est-ce que tu  vas faire   après ?

Francoise et moi sommes vraiment épatés ! On t’embrasse !

Tom

 

Template to use:

Cher / Chère ________ [indicate the name of the person or you can write ” ami”, “amie”],

Félicitations pour ta/votre réussite au________ [State the name of the diploma or the exam] ! C’est________ [Based on who you are writing to you can say S « super ! »or  « vraiment très bien ma chérie ! »].

________ [Write the name of someone else who  might be happy about this event or you can simply put « Ton père », « La bande » or « Toute la famille »] et moi sommes vraiment épaté(e)s/admiratifs (ves) ! Bravo, vraiment ! On t’/vous embrasse !

________________________________

 

 

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