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  • So I was on Facebook the other day and I was just looking through my newsfeed when I saw

  • a post from a friend. And it said 'Thanks so much everyone for the birthday wishes.'

  • I quickly looked at when it was from, yesterday! I'd missed his birthday. Does that make me

  • a bad friend? Probably! So I had to apologise immediately. I sent this message 'Dude, I'm

  • so sorry I forgot your birthday. I'm an absolute idiot. Are you free for drinks this week?'

  • Thankfully he said yes and it was all ok but I felt like such an idiot. So how did I actually

  • apologise to my friend? What words did I use? Well, I said 'I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday.'

  • 'I'm so sorry.' That so adds emphasis, it shows just how sorry I was. So if you are

  • in a situation where you've made a big mistake or it's quite a serious mistake then we use

  • so to add emphasis. I'm so sorry. Other words we can use there are 'I'm terribly sorry'

  • 'I'm really sorry.' 'I'm very sorry.' 'I'm genuinely sorry.' So you can use any kind

  • of modifier there to add emphasis to your words. Thankfully it was all ok, my mate forgave

  • me and we went for a drink and everything was fine. I want to look today guys at how

  • to apologise in certain situations in English. So we are going to do all that right after this

  • Welcome Eat Sleep Dreamers to another lesson with me Tom. If you haven't met me, my name

  • is Tom and I teach fresh modern British English so that you can take your English to the next

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  • it. So make sure you hit that notification bell. Fantastic! Ok, so we're going to look

  • at four other situations where you might need to apologise in English and I'm going to give

  • you some really useful phrases to help you to do that. This is going to be really useful

  • guys, so let's get going.

  • Ok, let's think about when you make a small mistake. What can you say? So, ok so let's

  • say you spill your friend's drink on the table and it goes everywhere. How are you going

  • to apologise? Well, I might say something like 'I'm sorry. I'm such an idiot. Let me

  • clear it up.' So I would say 'I'm sorry' that's the apology. I'd also add a little insult

  • to myself there. So I'd say 'I'm such an idiot.' Now in British culture we do that quite a

  • lot. We kind of insult ourselves, maybe just to add emphasis to our apology. Also to show

  • that we understand that we've been an idiot in this situation. 'I'm so sorry. I'm such

  • an idiot. Why did I do that.' So it's a way to soften the whole thing and to make the

  • apology seem more genuine and to recognise that we've behaved in a silly way or in an

  • idiotic way. Now obviously you don't want to insult yourself too much, but yeah just

  • saying 'I'm such an idiot' that'll do, that's enough. What about if, let's say you miss

  • your friend's phone call. They are trying to call you and you miss it. You could call

  • them back and say 'Sorry about that! I was in the gym.' Sorry about that is quite a nice

  • way to apologise as well. If you want to be more informal. I mean those are quite informal,

  • but if you want to be more informal you could say 'my bad'. This is definitely an Americanism

  • that has come in to British English but yeah again it's just saying it's my fault whatever

  • the thing is. For example let's say your waiter brings you the wrong drink and you say 'oh

  • sorry, I didn't order a coca cola.' they would say 'oh my bad! Let me get you your drinks.'

  • So there they are saying ah it's my fault I recognise that, let me sort that out for

  • you. So yeah, it's an informal way to say it's my fault, I'm sorry.

  • What about those social situations where you bump into someone or you make a little mistake

  • in public what would you say? Well, if I bumped into someone I'd say 'Pardon me' 'Excuse me'

  • that's quite nice. 'Pardon me' 'Excuse me' or simply 'Sorry'. In British culture we say

  • sorry all the time, I mean for anything. Even if it's not our fault. If somebody bumps into

  • me I would say 'Oh sorry.' Sorry for getting in your way which is kind of crazy. If they

  • have bumped into me and it's their fault I would still apologise, but this is British

  • culture I don't really understand why but it makes us feel good.

  • Ah what about if I do something socially awkward? So what if I burped? 'Pardon me!' Alright,

  • apologies for that one, I'm sorry about that one Eat Sleep Dreamers. But yes, when you

  • do something socially awkward like that burping or whatever you could say 'Pardon me' or 'Excuse

  • me' or 'My apologies' as well. My apologies is quite good.

  • Alright now you remember when I said British people love to apologise, well we love to

  • apologise for giving bad news. So if we are telling someone something that we know they

  • are not going to be happy about we are going to apologise first. And we use the phrase

  • 'I'm afraid'. This is the way that we soften the bad news by kind of apologising. I'm afraid.

  • So for example somebody asks you for a phone charger, you might say 'I'm afraid i don't

  • have one.' And we are apologising for this bad news, I don't have the phone charger,

  • I'm afraid I don't have a phone charger. So yeah, the apology comes there. Only today

  • I was waiting for a train on the London Underground and there was an announcement on the system

  • and they said 'I'm afraid to say that there is a delay on the Underground today.' So they

  • are giving us bad news, there's a delay but they soften that by saying I'm afraid. So

  • it's a way to apologise for bad news. Ok, the final situation is maybe a more formal

  • situation, maybe more serious. So, most of them that we've looked at today have been

  • quite informal. What about when we need to be genuinely apologetic and say it in a formal

  • way? So we've got a few phrases that would suit this perfectly. I'd like to apologise

  • and then for the action. So I'd like to apologise for my behaviour for example. Or I want to

  • apologise for my behaviour. So I want to apologise for and then the thing that happens so for

  • my behaviour, for my late reply, for what happened yesterday. Whatever it might be,

  • it's for and then the thing. Another nice phrase 'i owe you an apology.' So again it's

  • saying I'm sorry, I genuinely know that I'm sorry, I owe you an apology. Again we are

  • using for there so 'I owe you an apology for and then the thing. For my behaviour. I want

  • to say I'm sorry as well that's another nice phrase. I want to say i'm sorry. Again I want

  • to say I'm sorry for and then the action. And finally Please accept my apologies. Now

  • we could add an extra adjective there so 'Please accept my sincerest apologies' or 'Please

  • accept my deepest apologies.' That just kind of adds emphasis the it and sort of strengthens

  • it. So please accept my apologies for and then the thing. So please accept my apologies

  • for being late. So these are all really nice formal ways to apologise. They could be spoken

  • or they could be written. A lot of these might be in an email of some kind. If you are apologising

  • in an email you could use all these phrases as well. Have you found that lesson useful

  • guys? Let me know in the comments below. Let me know if you have had to apologise in English

  • before. When did you do it? Why did you do it? And what language did you use to do it?

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  • British English. This is Tom, the Chief Dreamer, saying goodbye.

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