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English Speaking Patterns Mastery: I'm afraid that...

teacher avatar Anthony Kelleher, BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. I'm afraid that... (Learn)

      7:04
    • 2. I'm afraid that... Speaking (Practice 1)

      3:10
    • 3. I'm afraid that... Listening (Practice 2)

      6:00
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About This Class

English Speaking Patterns Mastery is an English course taught by me, Anthony, a native British English speaker. You will learn English patterns at a deep level, so that you can sound more native-like when you speak English.

English patterns are groups of words (phrases) that native English speakers use again and again. If you learn one pattern, you can make hundreds of sentences. Learning these patterns will also improve your overall grammar and sentence structure.

This course includes: 

  • lectures for the target English patterns
  • speaking practicefor every single pattern
  • listening practicefor every single pattern
  • future updates- this course will continue to grow and grow
  • PDF transcripts
  • and MP3 downloadsso that you can learn anywhere, any time.

Each section focuses on one target pattern so that you can master each one and produce it accurately in your spoken English.

If you want to speak English more clearly, if you want to sound more native-like, or if you simply want to take your English to the next level, this course can help you achieve your goal of improving your English.

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Anthony Kelleher

BA TESOL - Founder of Sir English - English Tutor

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Hello there.

My name is Anthony, and I'm from London, England. I have thousands of students enrolled on my online courses, which focus on learning English as a foreign language.

I have a bachelor's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Linguistics, and I have taught thousands of students all over the world for the past 10 years. My teaching has brought me from London to China to South Korea. I have now returned to London where I run a successful language school.

More recently, I have developed my online presence under the Sir English brand and on various online course platforms. I also create materials in the ESL field.

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1. I'm afraid that... (Learn): The target pattern for this lecture is, I'm afraid that I'm afraid that now you might have noticed that was in brackets, which means it's optional in this pattern. We can say I'm afraid, or I'm afraid that So we have two options for this pattern. Let's look at the meaning off. I'm afraid that I am afraid that you didn't get the job. So in this sentence Waters, I'm afraid that mean we use it for politely introducing bad news, sad news, news that might make someone angry or disagreement. So we use it for one of these things. It's very similar to the phrase I'm sorry, but so that's the meaning off. I'm afraid that. So if you want to tell someone some bad news or something sad, some disagreement, it's usually some kind of negative news or negative comment we can use. I'm afraid that before the comment, it's very similar. Like I said to the phrase, I'm sorry, but did it? Did it A. For example, if I say you didn't get the job, this is quite bad news, right? If I'm the boss, Andi, I'm interviewing you and I say you didn't get the job if I simply say you didn't get the job, it sounds a bit cold, Onda bit harsh. So if we want to soften the bad news, if we want to make it less severe, we use this phrase. I'm afraid that So you're warning the person that there's something bad about to happen. Some bad news is coming. So I can say I'm afraid that you didn't get the job you see or another example might be. Someone failed the driving test. I wouldn't normally say you failed your test. This is very direct and harsh. Instead, we can say, I'm afraid you failed your test. It sounds much softer and it's much more pleasant when giving bad news or when you're disagreeing with someone. Let's look at the examples to make everything much, much clearer. Hi, Lisa. My car broke down, so I'm afraid I'm going to be an hour late. So here we have the English pattern. I'm afraid this time we didn't use that. We simply said, I'm afraid. I'm afraid I'm going to be an hour late. So why is this bad news? Well, perhaps she's on the phone to her boss, Lisa. And if you're an hour late. It's not very good for the company or the business, so it's quite bad news, right? It's negative news in this case. We can say I'm afraid I'm going to be an hour late means I'm sorry, but I'm going to be late. This is a perfect time to use, I'm afraid. Here's another example. I'm afraid I won't be able to attend the party tomorrow. I have to much work to finish. So again, this is not terrible news or devastating news, but it's quite negative. I'm afraid I won't be able to go to the party tomorrow. You're telling your friend I'm sorry, but I can't go because I'm too busy. In this case, we can say, I'm afraid that I can't go to the party tomorrow. You're making the bad news or the negative news less severe. Here's one more example for you. The person A says Hello, Can I speak to Peter? And the other person on the phone says, I'm afraid he's away today so you can see the news doesn't always have to be very, very bad or very severe. It can be just very slight negative news, like this example So someone called and said, Can I speak to Peter on? The person at the other end of the line said, I'm afraid he's not here today. So this news is not very sad or very tragic, but just a little bit negative for the other person because he wants to speak to Peter. But even if it's just a tiny bit negative, it's polite to say, I'm afraid that he's not here, you see. So even if it's slightly negative news, we can use this English pattern. Now. What's the structure off this pattern? I'm afraid that let's have a look at the structure. The basic structure is I'm afraid, that plus subject plus of ob, for example. I'm afraid I'm going to be an hour late. So that's the English passen. I'm afraid that remember the meaning when you move on to the listening on speaking practice exercises, keep the meaning in your mind. Always remember the meaning so that it can become clearer for you. You can understand it more deeply, and you can master this English Patton. See you in the next lecture 2. I'm afraid that... Speaking (Practice 1): speaking practice for I'm afraid that Listen to what I say. Then pause the video and repeat after me. Think about the pattern we studied. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's begin. Excuse me. I'm afraid you can't enter that door. It's for staff only. I'm afraid that tennis practice is canceled today because of the stormy weather. Can I borrow your car tonight? I'm afraid you can't. I have to use it later. James, I'm afraid your work isn't good enough. You need to improve. OK, sir. I'll try harder. Sir, I'm afraid your flight has been delayed by two hours. Please accept our apologies. Daddy, can we go to the playground today? It would be nice, but I'm afraid we can't. I have to go to work soon. Madam, I'm afraid the seat your sitting on has bean reserved. Please sit over here. Hello. I like to buy a ticket for the Rolling Stones concert. I'm afraid that it's completely sold out. Did you read my book? How was it? I read it, but I'm afraid it was quite boring. We won't be publishing it. I'd like to buy some beer. Please. I'm afraid I can't sell you any beer. You are too young. 3. I'm afraid that... Listening (Practice 2): listening practice for I'm afraid that Listen to what I say. Then pause the video and write down what you hear. Press play to see the text on the screen and check your answer. Train your brain to master this English pattern. Let's get started. I love this painting. Is it for sale? No, I'm afraid it's already being purchased. I love this painting. Is it for sale? No, I'm afraid it's already being purchased to everyone who bought tickets for the concert on Saturday. I'm afraid that it has been canceled to everyone who bought tickets for the concert on Saturday. I'm afraid that it has been canceled. I feel fine now, Doctor. When can I go home? I'm afraid that you have to stay in the hospital for another few days to make sure you are fully recovered. I feel fine now, Doctor. When can I go home? I'm afraid that you have to stay in the hospital for another few days to make sure you are fully recovered. A table for two, please. I'm afraid that you'll have to wait for 20 minutes. We're extremely busy today. A table for two, please. I'm afraid that you'll have to wait for 20 minutes. We're extremely busy today. I'm afraid you can't watch this movie. It's for people over 18 years old only. I'm afraid you can't watch this movie. It's for people over 18 years old only. Thank you for applying for the job. I'm afraid you didn't get the manager's position, but we can offer you another role. Thank you for applying for the job. I'm afraid you didn't get the manager's position, but we can offer you another role. Sorry, Children, but I'm afraid you can't play football here. Please go to the park across the road. Sorry, Children, but I'm afraid you can't play football here. Please go to the park across the road. We searched all day for your lost dog, but I'm afraid we haven't found him yet. We searched all day for your lost dog, but I am afraid we haven't found him yet. James really wants to go on the roller coaster, but I'm afraid he's too young and too small. James really wants to go on the roller coaster, but I'm afraid he's too young and too small. I'm afraid that the museum is closed today due to maintenance work sorry for the inconvenience. I'm afraid that the museum is closed today due to maintenance work. Sorry for the inconvenience.