How To Say ‘I’m Sorry’ In 10 Different Languages

Is it too late now to say sorry? No, it’s not. Here’s how to apologize in 10 foreign languages.
January 17, 2018
How To Say ‘I’m Sorry’ In 10 Different Languages

Often the best way to end a fight is to admit you were wrong and apologize. If apologizing in English doesn’t work, or if you’re abroad, try saying “I’m sorry” in one of these languages. It could make a world of difference.

1. Spanish: Lo siento
2. French: Je suis désolé
3. German: Es tut mir leid
4. Italian: Mi dispiace
5. Portuguese: Sinto muito
6. Russian: мне жаль (Mne zhal)
7. Indonesian: Maaf
8. Swedish: Förlåt
9. Mandarin Chinese: 对不起 (duì bu qǐ)
10. Arabic: أنا آسِف (anā āsif)

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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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