#44 Our Apologies – Transcript

I know, I know. We owe you an apology. We haven’t had a podcast for a few weeks and we’re really sorry about that. We hope you can accept our humble apologies. But we also have great news. We finally have our first business English course online! Email writing is the first course we are offering. It is a 5 week course designed to help intermediate and advanced English speakers improve their email writing skills. So we hope you can forgive us for missing a few weeks on the podcast!

I’m Paul Preston. From VentureEnglish this is three-minute English, a podcast in English, about English for English learners.

I apologized a lot for our situation in the comments above. I really do feel bad for not making new podcast episodes. But let’s look at some of the phrases I used. At first I said “we owe you an apology.” Have you heard this one before. To owe someone an apology is a casual way to apologize. It is not appropriate for a serious mistake, but it is a good way to show that you blame yourself for the mistake. So it works in business for less serious mistakes. 

I also said “we’re really sorry.” This is also casual but it shows you have some serious regret about the situation or what you have done. It can be used for more serious and personal mistakes because it sounds like a very personal apology. You might say this to your family or friends when you feel really bad, but it may not be appropriate for serious business mistakes. 

The third apology I used was we hope you can accept our humble apologies. This sounds very serious and can be used in business when serious mistakes are made. A “humble apology” is an apology made in real regret or humility. So I humbly apologize, or please accept our humble apologies is a great way to apologize for very serious business errors, but it may be too formal for personal mistakes. 

I hope you never have to apologize but if you do try using some of these guidelines. Remember “I owe you an apology.” I’m really sorry” or I humbly apologize. Your English is going to sound better.

Thanks for listening. From VentureEnglish, This has been three minute English. I hope you’ll come look at our first course and we’ll be adding more soon. 

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I’m Paul Durant. From VenturEnglish this is three minute English, a podcast in English, about English for English learners.

Well that was a scare, but did you hear how my team answered my questions? They said phrases like *Beats me,” “got me” and “search me.” They also said “no clue, “no idea,” and “who knows?” Were they really answering my question or is this some kind of code? Well, they were answering the question and, well, it is a code, I suppose. You see in English we have many different ways to say “I don’t know.”Maybe that’s true in any language, because nobody really likes to admit they don’t know! So, in English we use these phrases a lot. 

Let’s repeat these phrases so you can recognize them next time you hear them. “got me”, or “you got me” means you have reached the end of my knowledge. “beats me” means because you have reached the end of my knowledge you won the game. “Search me” means “you can search me and see that I don’t have the information with me.”

We also say “no clue” or “I don’t have a clue” The same is true with “no idea.” This means I don’t even have a piece or a hint of the information you need. Finally, “who knows?” means probably nobody has the information you need. 

Well those details are probably more than you need to use these phrases, but it is interesting. We don’t like to admit we don’t know, but these phrases help. So listen for “got me”, “beats me”, search me”, “no clue”, “no idea”, and “who knows?” You may not like the answer, but at least you know what it means! 

Thanks for listening to three minute English from VenturEnglish. If you have an English question please leave a comment or send me an email! You can contact me on our website venturenglish.com. That’s v-e-n-t-u-r English.com. And if you like the podcast leave a comment on Apple podcasts or google play. It really helps to reach more listeners. I’m paul Preston. Thanks for listening to three minute English!

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