How to say sorry in French: pardon

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How to say sorry in French: pardon

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

To say sorry in French: pardon
Say it out loud: “pahr doh

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

...the bathroom – La toilette  (leh twoi let)
come with me – Venez avec moi  (ven ay vek mwah)
do you speak english? – Parlez-vous anglais?  (pah lay voo ahn glay)
excuse me – Excusez moi  (excuse eh mwah)
excuse me (to get past) – Pardon  (pahr dohn)
good / bad – bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
how do you say…? – Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
how much is this? – Combien est-ce?  (comb bee in ess)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Puis je?  (peej)
maybe – Peut-être  (puh tet huh)
no problem – pas de problème  (pah deh prah blem)
please – S'il vous plaît  (see voo play)
sorry – pardon  (pahr doh)
thank you – Merci  (mehr see)
what is that? – Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
where is… – Où est  (ooh est)
yes / no – Oui / non  (wee / no)
you are welcome – De rien  (deh ree anh)

And here’s how to say sorry in other languages!

Arabic–Aasef  (A sef)
Chinese–Duìbuqǐ  (Dway Boo Chee)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–promiňte  (pro MYEEN tay)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–pardon  (pahr doh)
German–pardon  (pahr dohn)
Italian–scusa  (skoo zuh)
Japanese–Gomennasai  (Goh Men Nah Sai)
Korean–Mianhapnida.  (Mi An Ham Ni Da.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Perdão  (pehr dah-oo)
Russian–izvinite  (eez vee nee tye)
Spanish–lo siento  (low see in toe)
Swahili–pole  (poh lay)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–özür dilerim  (oh zoo dih leer im)
Vietnamese–Xin Lỗi  (Sin Loy)

You are in a new culture. You will unwittingly tramp on their ways, especially in diverse cultures like the French. Luckily, most cultures are very understanding. All you need is to show that it was unintentional by saying "sorry" (pardon) for the misunderstanding! So don't be afraid, have fun learning the new culture.

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