How to say excuse me in Italian: scusi

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How to say excuse me in Italian: scusi

Learning Italian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say excuse me in Italian: scusi
Say it out loud: “skoo zee

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Some more helpful words in our Italian Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – il bagno  (eel bahn yoh)
come with me – viene con me  (vee eh nee con may)
do you speak english? – parla inglese?  (Par lah in gley say)
excuse me – scusi  (skoo zee)
excuse me (to get past) – permesso  (pair meh so)
good / bad – buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
how do you say…? – come si dice?  (koh meh say dee chay)
how much is this? – quanto costa questo?  (qwan toe kohs tuh kwes toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – posso  (poh sew)
maybe – forse  (for seh)
no problem – nessun problema  (neh soon pro blaim uh)
please – Per favore  (pear fa vor reh)
sorry – scusa  (skoo zuh)
thank you – grazie  (gratz ee eh)
what is that? – che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
where is… – dov'è…  (doh vay…)
yes / no – sì / no  (see / no)
you are welcome – prego  (preh goh)

And here’s how to say excuse me in other languages!

Arabic–Uzran  (uz ran)
Chinese–Dǎrǎo Yīxià  (Da Rao Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte  (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
German–entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
Italian–scusi  (skoo zee)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Sillyehapnida.  (Shil Le Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–kumradhi  (koom rah dhee)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

In every culture, courtesy gets you a long way. There is no faster way to get yourself ignored and ultimately hopelessly lost than not knowing how to approach a native in a polite manner. Fortunately, the phrase "excuse me" (scusi) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Italian and work towards learning it in the language of the country you wish to visit, you are halfway towards getting all the help you will need.

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