I'm interested in how the modern professional email structures differ between Chinese and English.
I'd like to create a go-to template/structure that can convert what native English speakers typically write to what a native Chinese speaker typically write.
I intentionally chose the phrase 'modern professional' as opposed to 'formal'. In the English speaking world, communication, especially emails, has been less formalised in my opinion. For example, addressing by first name instead of Mr./Ms.; using
Kind regards instead of
Yours faithfully; getting straight to the point faster instead of starting with
I'm writing to enquire about...; etc.
As a native English speaker and a speaker of Chinese as a second language, in the example below I've written a follow-up email to a job application.:
Subject: YYY branch ABC job application follow-up
Dear XXX Firstly, I hope you're staying safe and healthy during these tough times ［Covid-19].
Secondly， I'd like to follow－up on my recent application to YYY London branch. I've applied via ZZZ to the ABC position. However, I'm not sure if you've received my application. To that effect I've attached a copy of my CV and Cover letter.
I'm very keen on joining YYY and I'm more than happy to discuss how I can be an asset to the team.
Please get in touch if you have any questions. Thank you for your time. I hope to hear from you soon.
Kind regards, John Smith
This is what I would write in Chinese but I've written it in an English way:
I'd like to write and structure just how a native Chinese speaker would write a modern professional email.
Any suggestions be it editing, advice or resources on how to do this are much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.