How would the following sentence come across as a part of a thank you letter to a family receiving you as a guest in their home in Taiwan? The letter is to be sent before arriving as a "thank you in advance" gesture.


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an approach that's formal, more "literary chinese":


"先行拜謝" is, roughly "thank you in advance"

"府上" is the honourable term of "your home", you may change it to "貴府", "貴寓", or "尊府


"款待" is, roughly "reception"


  • The literary version seems much better suited to the situation. Would it be advisable, when writing the letter, to use the traditional orientation (i.e. Top to bottom, right to left)?
    – Neverclear
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 4:37
  • sure, if you can. btw, you mean real writing by hand, or type and print it? Commented May 30, 2016 at 4:45
  • Yes, real writing by hand... It's actually the strongest aspect of my Chinese language skills. A fellow student saw one of my character practice sheets and remarked, "Wow, those look just like the ones in the book." I was pleased with myself... until the teacher asked me to speak, that is.
    – Neverclear
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 5:17
  • great, remember to write in traditional chinese, it's a must, for your situation. btw, there're "canned" openings & endings in letter; need any guides? Commented May 30, 2016 at 5:29
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    for "canned" openings & endings, google "尺牘用語". download this dictionary, read p726-p768; grasp the ideas, have fun :) archive.org/details/englishchinesedi00kwon Commented May 30, 2016 at 6:31

ALso another way to express your gratitude as an house guest you can say: 叔叔和阿姨,谢谢让我留在您们的家。

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