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How to Say ‘Sorry’ In 50 Different Languages

July 21, 2021

In our series “Expressions of Emotion,” we show you how to tell others how much you love and care for them.

There are many ways to express an apology — saying “I’m sorry” is the most common one. We all mess up once in a while, probably more than we’d like to admit. Since mistakes can happen anywhere, it’s helpful to note that this apologetic phrase is spoken in nearly every language. Use this guide to avoid a language barrier next time you are trying to express yourself to friends, family, or foreigners abroad.

It can be hard to own up to our mistakes, but there’s always room for forgiveness. Next time you reach out with an apology, make sure to show your sincerity by including an apology bouquet to make the message heard.

Here’s how to say sorry in 50 languages and their accompanying pronunciations. Make sure to say “sorry” correctly, no matter where you are in the world.

Saying sorry with flowers
  1. Afrikaans: “Jammer
  2. Albanian: “Më vjen keq
  3. Arabic: “آسف
  4. Armenian: “ներողություն‘”
  5. Basque: “Barkatu
  6. Bosnian: “Izvini
  7. Catalan: “Ho sento
  8. Chinese: “对不起
  9. Croatian: “Oprostite
  10. Czech: “Promiňte
  11. Danish: “Undskyld
  12. Esperanto: “Pardonon
  13. Estonian: “Vabandust”
  14. Filipino: “Paumanhin
  15. Finnish: “Anteeksi
  16. French: “Pardon
  17. Galician: “Perdón
  18. German: “Es tut uns leid
  19. Greek: “συγνώμη
  20. Haitian Creole: “Regrèt
  21. Hawaiian: “E kala mai iaʻu
  22. Hebrew: “מצטער”
  23. Hindi: “माफ़ करना
  24. Hungarian: “Sajnálom
  25. Igbo: “Ndo
  26. Indonesian: “Maaf
  27. Irish: “Tá brón orm
  28. Italian: “Scusa
  29. Japanese: “ごめんなさい
  30. Kazakh: “кешіріңіз
  31. Latin: “Paenitet
  32. Latvian: “Atvainojiet
  33. Lithuanian: “Atsiprašome
  34. Luxembourgish: “Entschëllegt
  35. Malay: “Maaf
  36. Maltese: “Jiddispjacini
  37. Norwegian: “Beklager
  38. Portuguese: “Desculpa
  39. Romanian: “Scuze
  40. Russian: “Извините
  41. Samoan: “Malie
  42. Spanish: “Lo siento
  43. Sundanese: “Punten
  44. Swahili: “Samahani
  45. Swedish: “Förlåt
  46. Turkish: “Afedersiniz
  47. Ukrainian: “вибачте
  48. Vietnamese: “lấy làm tiếc
  49. Welsh: “Sori
  50. Zulu: “Ngiyaxolisa

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