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How to Say ‘Sorry’ in Different Languages

Whether you’ve said something without thinking, accidentally bumped into someone, or made an unfortunate mistake, knowing how to say ‘I’m sorry’ in English can be extremely useful. However, what happens when you go on holiday and find yourself in a situation where an apology is necessary in another language?

Thankfully, we have you covered! Below we’ve listed how to say ‘I’m sorry’ in an array of different languages in alphabetical order. Next time you find yourself in a tricky situation while abroad, you will know exactly what to say…

Afrikaans Jammer!
Albanian (Gheg) M’fal!
Albanian (Tosk) Më fal!
Arabic
(Egyptian)
m – (aasif) آسف!
f – (aasifa) آسف!
Arabic
(Lebanese)
Esef (m)
Esfe (f)
3afwan
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(āsif!) أسف
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(aasif) اسف
Armenian
(Eastern)
Ներողությո’ւն: (Nerogh.utyun)
Կներե’ք: (Knerek’)
Armenian
(Western)
Ներողութիւն (Neroghootyoon);
Կը ներես (Guh neres) inf
Կը ներէք: (Guh nerek) frm
Assamese ক্ষমা কৰিব
(khyôma kôribô) – frm
ক্ষমা কৰিবা
(khyôma kôriba) – inf
Azerbaijani Bağışlayın
Məni bağışlayın
Üzr istəyirəm
Bavarian Duad ma laid
Belarusian Прабачце (Prabačcie)
Выбачайце (Vybačajcie)
Bengali দুঃখিত (dukkhito)
মাফ করবেন (maf korben)
Bosnian Oprostite
Bulgarian Съжалявам! (Sãžaljavam)
Catalan Perdó!
Em sap greu
Chinese
(Cantonese)
對唔住 (deuim̀hjyuh)
Chinese
(Hakka)
失禮 (siit7li1)
歹勢 (dai-sii)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
對不起 [对不起] (duìbùqǐ)
抱歉 (bàoqiàn)
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
对弗起 (dēi fé qì)
勿好意思 (vak hao yi si)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
失禮 (sit-lé)
歹勢 (pháiⁿ-sì/phái-sè)
對不起 (tùi-put-khí)
Croatian Žao mi je
Oprostite
Czech Pardon!
Promiň! (inf)
Odpusť mi to (inf)
Odpusťte mi to (frm)
Danish Undskyld!
Dutch Het spijt me!
Sorry!
Estonian Vabandust
Finnish Anteeksi
French Désolé !
Je suis désolé !
Excusez-moi !
Je m’excuse !
Pardon !
Oh, pardon, excusez-moi !
Je vous demande pardon
Georgian ბოდიში bodishi
ვწუხვარ (vts’ukhvar)
German Es tut mir leid!
Entschuldigung!
Ich bedaure!
Greek (Ancient) Συγγνώμην ἔχε (Syngnōmēn ékhe)
Greek (Modern) Συγνώμη! (Sygnómi)
Λυπάμαι! (Lypáme [lit. “I’m saddened”]) – more frm
Greenlandic Utoqqatsissutigaa
Patsit
Utoqqatserpunga
Hawaiian E kala mai iaʻu!
Hebrew (Slicha) סליחה!
Hindi क्षमा कीजिए (kṣama kījiye) माफ़ कीजिये (māf kījiye)
Hungarian Bocsánat!
Icelandic Því miður
Fyrirgefðu
Mér þykir það leitt
Indonesian Maafkan saya
Maaf
Irish (Gaelic) Gabh mo leithscéal!
Tá brón orm!
Italian Scusa! (inf)
Scusi! (frm)
Mi dispiace
Jamaican Hush
Japanese ごめんなさい! (gomen nasai)
Kazakh Кешіріңіз! (Keşiriñiz!)
Khmer សុំទោស (sŏm toŭs)
Kiribati Kabara au bure
Korean 미안합니다! (mianhamnida) – frm
죄송합니다 (joesonghamnida) – vfrm
미안(해) (mian(hae)) – inf
Lao ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
Latin Ignosce mihi!
Latvian Piedodiet! (frm)
Piedo! (inf)
Atvainojiet! (frm)
Atvaino! (inf)
Lithuanian Atsiprašau!
Atleiskite!
Macedonian Жалам (Zhalam)
Жал ми е (Zhal mi e)
Извинете (Izvinete) – frm
Извини (Izvini) – inf
Malay Ma’af
Minta maaf (asking for forgiveness)
Tolong maafkan saya (‘please forgive me’)
Maldivian (Ma’aaf kurey) މަޢާފް ކުރޭ
Maltese Skużani!
Jiddispjaċini!
Ahfirli!
Māori Arohaina mai
Mō Taku Hē
Marathi माफ करा (māf karā)
Mongolian Уучлаарай (Uuchlaarai)
Nepali माफ गनुस्
(maapha ganus)
Norwegian Unnskyld, Beklager
Pashto (zeh mutaasif yum) زه هتاسف يم
Persian (Farsi) (moteassefam) متاسفم!
Polish Przepraszam!
Portuguese Desculpe! (frm)
Desculpa! (inf)
Portuguese (Brazilian) Me desculpe! (frm)
Desculpa!
Desculpe-me!
Lamento!
Sinto muito!
Sinto mutíssimo! (I’m so sorry!)
Desculpe
Perdão
Punjabi ਖਿਮਾ/ਮਾਫ਼ ਕਰੋ ਜੀ। / معاف کرو جی۔ (kimā/māf karō jī)
Romanian Pardon!
Russian Простите! (Prostite!) – frm
Прости! (Prosti!) – inf
Samoan Fa’amalie atu
Serbian Жао ми је (Žao mi je)
Опростите (Oprostite)
Sicilian M’â scusari
Mi scusassi
M’av’a scusari (frm)
Scusàtimi (pl)
M’avit’a scusari (pl)
Slovak Pardón!
Slovenian Oprostite (frm)
Oprosti (inf)
Somali Waan ka xumahay
Spanish ¡Perdón!
¡Perdone!
¡Lo siento!
Swahili Samahani
Swedish Förlåt!
Tajik Мебахшед (Mebaxšed)
Tamil (formal) என்னை மன்னிக்க வேண்டும்
(ennai manniththu vidungal) [ml] [fm]
Tamil (informal) என்ன மன்னிச்சிடுங்க
(enna maniichudunga) [fm]
Thai ขอโทษ (kŏr tôht)
Tibetan ཀོང་དགས་། (gong-da)
Tongan Fakamolemole
Turkish Pardon (inf)
Özür dilerim (frm)
Ukrainian Вибачте! (Vybačte)
Urdu (maf karna) معاف کرنا
Uzbek Afu eting
Vietnamese Xin lỗi
Welsh Mae’n ddrwg ‘da fi (SW)
Mae’n ddrwg gen i (NW)
Sori

 

Other ways to say ‘I’m sorry’

If you can’t remember or haven’t yet learned how to say I’m sorry in a different language, there are other gestures you can adopt. One such gesture that always goes down well is sending flowers as an apology. Choose his or her favorite blooms or opt for something generic. Alternatively, you could opt for a plant that requires a limited amount of care and attention, as that should last for a lot longer if cared for correctly.

A number of online florists even offer same and next day delivery services, meaning you can send your blooms as soon as possible. Certain florists also offer letterbox flowers that are delivered in boxes that will fit through the recipient’s door – meaning they don’t even need to be at home when the delivery happens.

Source: termcoord.eu

Lily Calyx

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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