Pronunciation Tweaks (1): I’m afraid

When you use “I’m afraid” to mean that you feel bad about something that you are about to say, it’s important that you don’t pause after the word ‘afraid’, because if you do it sounds like you are saying that you are scared!

Listen to to the examples and repeat them, making sure you don’t pause after ‘afraid’.

I’m afraid I didn’t do my homework.

I’m afraid I can’t stay.

I’m afraid I can’t help you.

I’m afraid you didn’t get the job.

I’m afraid we’re fully booked, sir.

Kids, I’m afraid it’s time for bed.

I’m afraid you’ll have to work tomorrow.

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