How to say sorry in German: pardon

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How to say sorry in German: pardon

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

To say sorry in German: pardon
Say it out loud: “pahr dohn

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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 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 German. 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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