How to say excuse me (to get past) in Italian: permesso

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How to say excuse me (to get past) in Italian: permesso

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

To say excuse me (to get past) in Italian: permesso
Say it out loud: “pair meh so

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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 (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)" (permesso) will come in handy to avoid appearing rude to the native residents. Get instant access to the Italian Language Set.

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