How to say excuse me (to get past) in German: entschuldigung

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How to say excuse me (to get past) in German: entschuldigung

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

To say excuse me (to get past) in German: entschuldigung
Say it out loud: “in shool dee gung

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

...the bathroom – die toilette  (dee twah let)
come with me – kommen sie mit  (kohm men zee mitt)
do you speak english? – sprechen sie english?  (shpreh kin see english?)
excuse me – entschuldigen sie  (ent shool' duh gen zee)
excuse me (to get past) – entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
good / bad – gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
how do you say…? – wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
how much is this? – wie viel kostet das?  (vee feel cost it dahs?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – kann ich…  (kahn iH)
maybe – vielleicht  (vill eyesht)
no problem – kein problem  (kine prob leem)
please – bitte  (bit tuh)
sorry – pardon  (pahr dohn)
thank you – danke  (dahn kuh)
what is that? – was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
where is… – wo ist  (woe ist)
yes / no – ja / nein  (yah / nine)

And here’s how to say excuse me (to get past) in other languages!

Arabic–Al Mahzera  (al mah ze ra)
Chinese–Qǐng Ràng Yīxià  (Ching Rang Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–Dovolíte?  (do vo LEE teh?)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Pardon  (pahr dohn)
German–entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
Italian–permesso  (pair meh so)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Jamsimanyo.  (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

When away on tour especially away in a native land you will encounter situations where you will need to get to a place but due to overcrowded streets or roads this may not happen without bumping into people's shoulders. The use of a courtesy word such as "excuse me (to get past)" (entschuldigung) will come in handy to avoid appearing rude to the native residents. Get instant access to the German Language Set.

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