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Various Ways to Say “Excuse Me” in Different Languages

When you visit other countries, it can be difficult to communicate to the natives when you don’t know their language. While there are some people in other countries who can speak English, several others don’t. However, one phrase comes handy whenever you bump into someone and want to apologize, or you just want to get someone’s attention politely for whatever reason. That is, “excuse me”.

“Excuse me” simply means “I beg your pardon” in English. It is an old-fashioned way of expressing regret over something that was embarrassing. Also, it is used when asking permission from someone to leave a certain conversation or situation. If you are in some situations like a crowded place, you may use it to allow others to give way to you.

Here are the different phrases of ‘Excuse Me’ in different languages around the globe, along with its pronunciation:

Afrikaans
Verskoon my (ver-sakoon-my)
 

Arabic
Ismahli (ish-maa-h-li)
 

Bosnian
Oprostite (oh-prohs-TEE-teh), Izvinite (EEZ-vee-nee-teh)
 

Bulgarian
Извинете (iz-vi-NEH-teh), Моля да ме извините (mo-lya dah meh iz-vi-NI-teh)
 

Catalan
Dispensi (dis-pen-si),
Perdoni (peer-doo-nee)
 

Chinese
qǐng wèn (quen-g-win),
Dǎrǎo yixià (da-ra-o-yee-zee-ah)
 

Danish
Undskyld (un-d-sky-lyd)
 

Dutch
Pardon
Finnish

Anteeksi (AHN-tehk-see)
 

French
Excusez-moi (ex-koo-zay mwah)
 

German
Entschuldigung (ent-shoel-dee -gung)
 

Greek
Signomi (sig-noo-mi)
 

Hebrew
סליחה (slee-KHAH)
 

Hindi
Mujhe Maaf Kare (mu-jhe-muh-aaf-ka-reen)
 

Icelandic
Afsakið (Av-sak-idh.)
 

Italian
Mi scusi (mee SKOO-zee)
 

Irish
Gabh mo leithscéal. (Goh mah lesh-kyale)
 

Indonesian
Maaf (MUH-UFF)
 

Japanese
Sumimasen (soo-mee-mah-sen)
 

Korean
실례합니다 (shille hamnida )
 

Malay
Maaf (Muh-aaf)
 

Norwegian
Unnskyld (meg) (Unn-skyll mei)
 

Romanian
Pardon (pahr-DOHN)
 

Russian
Извините (eez-ve-NEET-yeh)
 

Swedish
Ursäkta (Oor-sayk-tha)
 

Spanish
Disculpe (dees-KOOL-peh), Perdone (pehr-DOHN-eh)
 

Thai
ขอโทษ (kho thot)
 

Turkish
Efendim ( E fen dim )
 

Ukrainian
Перепрошую (peh-reh-PRO-shoo-yoo)
 

Welsh
Esgusodwch fi ( es-gis-OD-oo’ch vee)
 

Saying “excuse me” will impress other people with politeness especially if you are in another country. Doing will help you get the information you may need to get along in a different country or it will help you avoid a conflict that might be hard to resolve with a language barrier.

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