How To Say ‘Excuse Me’ In 10 Languages

This is arguably the most important phrase to learn when you’re traveling abroad. Here’s how to say ‘excuse me’ in 10 world languages.
August 21, 2018
How To Say ‘Excuse Me’ In 10 Languages

“Excuse me” is one of those multi-purpose phrases that comes in handy in countless situations. Maybe you’re trying to flag down a waiter so you can finally order dessert, or you want to stop someone to ask for directions when you’re hopelessly lost. And it’s especially good to know how to say “excuse me” in case you bump into someone on a crowded street. Depending on the scenario and the language, the exact expression may vary, but you’ll be able to get by if you learn the phrases below.

1. Spanish: Perdón

2. French: Pardon

3. German: Entschuldigung

4. Italian: Mi scusi

5. Portuguese: Desculpe-me

6. Swedish: Ursäkta

7. Indonesian: Maaf

8. Dutch: Pardon

9. Norwegian: Unnskyld

10. Russian: Извините (izvinite)

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Dylan Lyons
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.

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