Présenter ses excuses



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(Updated on 01/12/2015)



Related pages :

Lies and Truth - Politeness



Vocabulary :


  • Accepting apologies
    "In this programme, we find out what you can say when someone says sorry to you for something they've done wrong.
    As you'll hear, there are lots of short and friendly expressions that you can use to accept an apology in English.
    So there's no need to be lost for words &
    After you've listened to the programme, get some more practice by doing the activity at the bottom of the page.
    - with the script


  • Saying sorry
    "In this programme we look at one important way of being polite  how to say sorry for something you've done wrong.
    As you'll hear, there are different ways of saying sorry in everyday situations, but the patterns are easy to learn and easy to use..."
    - with the script and an activity



  • I'm sorry, but...


Listening :

  • Complaints and Apologies + Pair work (

  • Australian School Answering Machine
    "Someone in Australia has a clue and a sense of humour."

    "Please listen to all the options before making a selection.

    • To lie about why your child is absent, press 1
    • To make excuses for why your child did not do his homework, press 2..."

  • Homework excuse - A short classroom dialogue on excuses for homework - Dictation


Exercises TO PRINT :




Lesson plans :

  • This Must Be the Place: Apologizing - Functional Language
    "Apologizing in English is functional language that makes a difference when dealing with native speakers of the language. I used this scene to lead in the topic. This activity can be used with any level. In the end of the instructions, there are apologizing functions, according  to the students' level of proficiency."



  • Excuses, excuses (
    Vocabulary: Parts of the body .Illnesses and injuries
    Listening and Reading: Listening: A phone conversation between an employee who can't go to work and his boss
    Grammar Focus: Linking words: and, so, but
    Pronunciation: Intonation in sentences
    Speaking: Apologizing and making excuses
    Writing: Write email messages apologizing and giving excuses
  • Smoking and smoking bans (British Council)
    1. Smoking vocabulary
    2. Smoking - facts and figures
    3. Excuse me! Can I smoke here?
    4. Smoking Bans
    5. Smoking bans - Opinions
    6. Give Up smoking campaign


Cartoons : - UPDATED


Wishing well


Excuses through the years




Jokes :

  • Pilot writes 32 absence notes for pupils after their flight was delayed for 20 hours
    His note to one student read as follows:
    "I am very sorry that Joshua was not at school today.
    He has been involved in a secret mission in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea at very short notice.
    We hope that this mission will soon be complete and that he will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday morning."



  • An ideal homework excuse
    "Teacher: Where is your homework?
    Pupil: I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren't the best teacher in the school."


Stories :

  • Couple who had gnome stolen get replacement and apology 13 years later
    "Now, after more than a decade, the gnome-napper has given in to his conscience and left a letter of apology along with a replacement...
    Mr and Mrs Heard's gnome went missing during a nationwide spate of gnome mysteries in the mid 1990s when a series of them disappeared only to later bombard their owners with messages from around the world."



Quotes :


Songs :

  • Gypsy & the Cat - 'Sorry' ( + LYRICS :
    "I know you well, say you're sorry 
    Don't you have to be sorry for that 
    I know you well, say you're sorry 
    I'm already a ghost of the past..." 



  • Permission by Sixx:A.M. (
    "I apologize
    That your memory serves you more than I can now...
    I cannot finish any of my thoughts
    Forgive me for my wayward shot"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Apologize sung by Timbaland (
    "You tell me that you're sorry...
    I said it's too late to apologize...
    And you say
    Sorry like an angel"

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)


  • Words - The Christians :
    "If I could find words to tell you I'm sorry..."
    - with the VIDEO (You Tube)
  • Excuse Me Mr by Ben Harper - UPDATED
    "Excuse me Mr.
    do you have the time
    or are you so important
    that it stands still for you"

  • Girl next door by Take 5 : - UPDATED
    "I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry
    Forgive me
    All my friends say don't tell your girl the truth
    But I had to...
    I apologize"

  • I Apologize by Anita Baker : - UPDATED
    "I apologize
    Honest and true
    Because I know I was wrong"

  • PLEASE FORGIVE ME by Bryan Adams :
    "Please forgive me, I know not what I do..."
  • Rose Garden by Anderson Lynn
    "I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden"
  • 'Sorry' by Madonna - UPDATED
    "I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna know
    Please don't say you're sorry
    I've heard it all before"
  • The Reason by HOOBASTANK - UPDATED
    "I'm sorry that I hurt you
    It's something I must live with everyday
    And all the pain I put you through
    I wish that I could take it all away"

Animations / Videos :

  • Battle of apologies
    "From United Airlines CEO to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, it's been a week of apologies.
    CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the sorry state of affairs."





  • Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike 'No Excuses' Commercial
    "UW-Whitewater Wheelchair Basketball Player Matt Scott appears in Nike 'No Excuses' Commercial."


    SCRIPT de la video :
    "I'm too weak,
    Too slow
    too big
    I ate too much for breakfast
    I've got a headache
    It's raining
    My dog is sick
    I can't right now
    I'm not inspired
    Makes me smell bad
    I'm allergic to stuff
    I'm fat, I'm thin
    It's too hot
    I'm not right
    I've got shin splints* (this is when you run on hard surfaces too much
    and your shins hurt from all the impact, it's very common)
    A headache
    I'm distracted
    I'm exerting myself too much
    I'd love to really, but I can't, I just can't
    My favorite show was on
    I've got a case of the Mondays, the Tuesdays, the Wednesdays
    I don't wanna (want to) do this
    I wanna (want to) do something else
    After New Years
    Next Week
    Might make a mistake
    I've got homework
    I feel bloated
    I've got gas
    I've got a hot date
    My coach hates me
    My mom won't let me
    I bruise easily
    It's too dark
    Too cold
    My blister hurts
    This is dangerous
    Sorry, I don't have a bike
    I didn't get enough sleep
    My tummy hurts
    It's not in my genes
    I don't wanna (want to) look all tired out
    I need a better coach
    I don't like getting tackled
    I have a stomachache
    I'm not the athletic type
    I don't wanna (want to) get sweaty
    I have better things to do
    I don't want to slow you down
    Do I have to do this?
    As soon as I get a promotion
    I think I'll sit this one out
    And my feet hurt."

  • PreEmptive Apology - animation FLASH by Mark Fiore - UPDATED