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Humanities › Languages How to Say "I'm Sorry" In German Master Expres sions of Forgiveness
Humanities › Languages How to Say "I'm Sorry" In German Master Expres sions of Forgiveness

How to Say "I'm Sorry" In German

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by Ingrid Bauer Updated June 29, 2017
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You are bound to make either cultural mistakes or miscommunicate as a German student while traveling among German-speaking countries. Therefore on your long list of vocabulary essentials to master should be German

expressions of forgiveness and excusing oneself as well. As for which expression to use, it is better to err on the side of excusing oneself too much than not enough. Let’s just hope you don’t have to use the following expressions too

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oneself too much than not e nough. Let’s jus t hope you don’t have to use

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Entschuldigung - Excuse me (such as when you want to pass by.)

Entschuldigen Sie bitte/ Entschuldige (casual) - Excuse me Excuse me

Entschuldigen Sie bitte meine Fehler - Excuse my mistakes. Excuse my mistakes.

Entschuldigen Sie/ Entschuldige, dassEntschuldigen Sie bitte meine Fehler - Excuse my mistakes. - Excuse me that/ Sorry that Entschuldigen

- Excuse me that/ Sorry that

Entschuldigen Sie bitte, dass ich Sie störe - Excuse me for disturbing you. Excuse me for disturbing you.

Entschuldige bitte, dass ich es vergessen habe - Sorry for forgetting. Sorry for forgetting.

SAYING SORRY FOR SMALL OCCURRENCES/ MISHAPS:

Entschuldigung/ Ich bitte Sie/dich um Entschuldigung - Sorry/ Please excuse me.

To Ask for Forgiveness:

Jemanden um Verzeihung bitten - To ask somebody for forgiveness. - To ask somebody for forgiveness.

Ich bitte Sie/ dich um Verzeihung - I ask you for forgiveness. - I ask you for forgiveness.

Können/Kannst Sie/du mir diese Dummheiten verzeihen? Can you forgive my stupidity?

Das habe ich nicht so gemeint - I didn’t mean it that way. - I didn’t mean it that way.

Das war doch nicht so gemeint - It wasn’t meant in that way. - It wasn’t meant in that way.

Das war nicht mein Ernst - I wasn’t serious. - I wasn’t serious.

TO REGRET SOMETHING:

Etwas bedauernTO REGRET SOMETHING: Ich bedauere sehr, dass ich sie nicht eingeladen habe - I regret not

Ich bedauere sehr, dass ich sie nicht eingeladen habe - I regret not having invited her. - I regret not having invited her.

Es tut mir Leid - I am sorry. - I am sorry.

Es tut mir Leid, dass ich ihr nichts geschenkt habe - I regret not having given her a present. - I regret not having given her a present.

Leider habe ich keine Zeit dafür - Unfortunately, I do not have any time for that. - Unfortunately, I do not have any time for that.

Schade! - Too bad! - Too bad!

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Es ist schade, dass er nicht hier ist - It’s too bad that he is not here. - It’s too bad that he is not here.

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