How to say excuse me in Spanish: perdón

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How to say excuse me in Spanish: perdón

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

To say excuse me in Spanish: perdón
Say it out loud: “pear dōn

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

...the bathroom – el baño  (el bahn yo)
come with me – venga conmigo  (vayn gah cone me go)
do you speak english? – ¿habla inglés?  (ah blah een glāce?)
excuse me – perdón  (pear dōn)
good / bad – bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
how do you say…? – ¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
how much is this? – ¿cuánto?  (kwahn toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – puedo?  (pway doh)
maybe – tal vez  (tahl vays)
no problem – no problema  (no pro blame uh)
please – por favor  (pore fah vore)
sorry – lo siento  (low see in toe)
thank you – gracias  (grah see ahs)
what is that? – ¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
where is… – dónde está  (dōn day ess tah)
yes / no – sí / no  (see / no)
you are welcome – de nada  (day nah dah)

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" (perdón) cuts across all cultures as a form of politeness and getting attention. Once you learn this in Spanish 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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