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How to Say "I'm Sorry" in English
In this lesson we’ll cover phrases used for apologising.
We’ll start by looking at the most common ways of apologising in the UK, as they will come in very handy.
First of all, we have: “I’m sorry.” This can be used in any situation that requires an apology. But don’t overuse it as this is quite a heavy phrase. It’s best to save it for when you feel really bad about something.
Slowly by syllable: I’m sorry.
To apologise in a more serious situation, you can say: “I’m really sorry.”
Slowly by syllable: I’m really sorry.
A way to apologise without using the word ‘sorry’ is by saying: “Please accept my apologies.” However, this is very formal and more commonly used in business situations.
Slowly by syllable: Please accept my apologies.
To apologise in a casual way to a friend, you could say: “My bad.” But this is slang, so only use it with friends.
Slowly: My bad.
Now, if somebody apologises to you, what would you say back? If you’re really angry, and don’t want to forgive them, you could say: “You should be.”
Slowly: You should be.
If you want to accept their apology, then you can say: “No problem.” Other responses could be, ‘don’t worry about it’, or, ‘no worries.’ These are common, casual and friendly ways to accept an apology.
Okay, to close out this lesson we’d like you to practice what you’ve just learned. I’ll provide you with the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So good luck!
- I’m sorry
- I’m really sorry
- Please accept my apologies
- My bad
- No problem
- Don’t worry about it
- No worries


Alright! That’s going to do it for this lesson. Bye!