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  • Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish.

  • In today's lesson, I'm going to share some different

  • and more meaningful ways to say

  • "Sorry!"

  • Now of course, it's okay to say

  • "I'm sorry", when you make a mistake or you

  • do something wrong, you can say "I'm sorry!"

  • But "sorry" is really overused in English.

  • It's so overused that sometimes

  • it can seem a little meaningless.

  • You see, people use "sorry" all the time!

  • They apologise all the time for lots of different reasons.

  • "Sorry!"

  • "Sorry I'm late!"

  • "Sorry!"

  • "Sorry, I forgot to bring the...."

  • "Oh! Sorry!"

  • And because of that,

  • "I'm sorry" can feel a little less meaningful.

  • Sometimes it can feel like you don't really care

  • or you're just saying "sorry" because you feel like

  • you have to, not because you actually mean it.

  • So when you really need to say sorry

  • for something that you've done,

  • maybe a mistake that you've made or

  • some problem that you've created, well then,

  • it's a good idea to use a stronger expression.

  • Okay? To show that you really mean it.

  • And today, I'm going to share

  • some more meaningful ways to say "I'm sorry",

  • some meaningful ways to apologise.

  • Now, we're going to give you a few different options

  • to help you build your vocabulary

  • so that your English sounds more

  • sophisticated and more meaningful.

  • But if you want to improve your English pronunciation

  • and natural expression,

  • then I really recommend the mmmEnglish

  • Imitation Lessons!

  • All of the lessons there are focused

  • on specific situations

  • and you'll learn not just what to say,

  • but how to say it. And in English, it's so important,

  • especially when you're trying to be genuine and real,

  • it's so important to change the tone of your voice

  • and your facial expressions and your body language

  • really helps to convey your message.

  • Now I created the mmmEnglish Imitation Lessons

  • especially for my students to help them

  • develop their pronunciation but also

  • their natural expression.

  • You're going to be able to practise on your own at home,

  • you don't need a teacher or a speaking partner

  • and you can practise your English speaking skills

  • in your own time, whenever it suits you.

  • So if you haven't checked out the imitation lessons yet,

  • grab the link in the description

  • or you can head straight to the webpage right there!

  • So let's focus on some different ways to say "I'm sorry".

  • One of the hardest things about apologising

  • is admitting

  • that you've done something wrong.

  • Socially, it can be quite an awkward situation. Right?

  • It's one that makes you feel a little uncomfortable.

  • Now, if we're talking about a

  • small problem that you created,

  • perhaps you provided your

  • colleague with some wrong information.

  • It was an accident but still, you're at fault.

  • Then it's absolutely fine to say

  • "Ah...My mistake."

  • Just own it, you know?

  • It was my mistake, I made the mistake.

  • So you can actually say "Oh.. My mistake",

  • instead of saying "Sorry"

  • Now you can also say "My apologies".

  • My apologies, I made a mistake.

  • But if you want to tone it down a little

  • and you want to make it a little less formal

  • then you can also say "My bad!"

  • This has become a really common expression

  • you use to admit that you did something wrong

  • in less formal situations.

  • "You're late for the meeting! It started an hour ago!"

  • "Really? Oh, my bad! I didn't have it in my calendar."

  • So it's like, "Oops! Oh, that was my fault."

  • My mistake. You just own it, you know?

  • You don't really need to say "Sorry" as well,

  • you're just claiming the mistake as yours.

  • And these are all great options

  • if the problem you created is not a big one.

  • Like, if you were supposed to make a booking

  • for you and ten mates at a restaurant

  • and you forgot and when you get there,

  • there's no room for you.

  • That's a good time to say "Oh, my bad!"

  • Don't use "My bad" when the mistake is pretty big, like

  • if you forgot to invite your grandma to your wedding,

  • Don't say "Oh, my bad!

  • That wouldn't go down very well!

  • It's kind of a bigger problem than just "My bad"

  • So in that situation, you would need something

  • a little more meaningful, okay?

  • "Sorry!" Or "My bad" just isn't quite enough.

  • So you could say,

  • "Grandma, I owe you an apology."

  • I owe you an apology.

  • Or, "Grandma I want to apologise".

  • Alright?

  • Both of these expressions

  • are used to show that you're serious

  • and that you're genuine about your apology.

  • They're a little more formal so they

  • show respect to the person that you're talking to

  • and they're really useful in the workplace.

  • Okay? In the office, when you need, you know, to sound

  • professional and maybe a little bit more

  • formal, than these are great options.

  • The other thing to keep in mind is that

  • both of these expressions need an explanation.

  • Why are you sorry? You could say:

  • I want to apologise for something, right?

  • I want to apologise for my behaviour last night.

  • I want to apologise to someone okay.

  • I want to apologise to your sister.

  • Now, the difference between to and for here is

  • super important.

  • These little prepositions are a little tricky so,

  • for the grammar rules and more examples about

  • to and for, then I want you to check out this lesson

  • right here.

  • It's all about to and for and when to use them.

  • But it's important to explain why you're apologising

  • with these expressions.

  • Alright, let's think of a more significant problem

  • that maybe you created now.

  • You might need to write a formal apology,

  • you know, for your behavior or for

  • the behaviour of a family member.

  • Something that you really regret.

  • Or in a professional context, when

  • your mistake has resulted in a significant problem

  • for your customer or your company.

  • Well, in these situations you need more formal language

  • that's going to help you to express just how

  • deeply sorry you are.

  • I sincerely apologise for my behaviour, for my actions

  • for the trouble that I've caused.

  • Okay?

  • You could also say, "I take full responsibility

  • for whatever's happened."

  • Okay,

  • now you might even take it one step further and say

  • "I'm embarrassed about what has happened" or

  • "I'm ashamed of my behaviour."

  • Or my brother's behaviour. I'm really embarrassed.

  • Now, it's more common to see these expressions used

  • in written English, like in emails and letters,

  • but in professional or quite formal situations,

  • it's acceptable to say these expressions

  • directly to someone.

  • Now don't forget that these ways are,

  • they're quite formal and they're quite serious

  • ways to apologise.

  • So, if you're a little bit late to class,

  • it's probably a bit too much to say

  • "I sincerely apologise for being late."

  • "I take full responsibility for my actions."

  • But if you accidentally slept in and you missed

  • your final exam,

  • well, then this kind of language

  • might actually be useful for you.

  • You might be able to convince your professor

  • that it was an honest mistake

  • and maybe you can repeat the exam.

  • So I hope that you've learned some new expressions

  • and phrases during that lesson to help you sound

  • more sincere and more sophisticated

  • when you apologise in English.

  • Don't forget that you can practise your natural English

  • expression and pronunciation with me

  • in the mmmEnglish Imitation Lessons.

  • The link is in the description below

  • and it's really easy just to grab them and try them out.

  • Thanks for watching this lesson. I will definitely

  • see you in the next lesson.

  • Make sure you subscribe if you haven't already!

  • See you soon!

Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish.

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