「今日は授業がない」と先生から聞いたんだけど。 what does dakedo do?

「今日は授業がない」と 先生から聞いたんだけど。
It is that I heard from the teacher, “There is no class today.” - this is the translation of this sentence from here http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/actionclause

I thought it would translate into something like this though - ‘but the teacher said’ “there i no class today” , adding the ‘but’ because だけど is at the end. What does the だけど do here?

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It’s used to soften a statement to make it more polite. Like when you’re asking for directions, you don’t just walk up and demand help from a stranger, or exclaim I’m lost! as if it’s their job to help you. You would say something like, “I’m looking for the Tokyo Dome but…”

That’s how the けど works here. I heard there is no class, but… (I might be wrong? left unsaid). Also the ん in ~んだけど invites the listener to elaborate.

Edit: finally found where I learned this grammar point. Partway down the very useful “HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION IN JAPANESE” at Tofugu

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