How to say sorry in Portuguese: Perdão

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How to say sorry in Portuguese: Perdão

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

To say sorry in Portuguese: Perdão
Say it out loud: “pehr dah-oo

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

...the bathroom – O Banheiro  (oh bahn yeh roo)
come with me – Venha Comigo  (ven yaa kohm mee goo)
do you speak english? – Fala Inglês?  (Fah lah een gles?)
excellent – Ótimo  (oh chee moo)
excuse me – Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
excuse me (to get past) – Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
good / bad – Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
how do you say…? – Como Se Diz...?  (ko mo see jeez…?)
how much is this? – Quanto Custa Isto?  (koo-an toe coos tah ees too?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Posso?  (poh soo?)
maybe – Pode Ser  (po jee sehr)
no problem – Não Faz Mal  (nah-oo fah-eez ma-oo!)
please – Por Favor  (pohr fah vohr)
sorry – Perdão  (pehr dah-oo)
thank you – Muito Obrigado/a  (moo-ee too oh bree gah doo/dah)
thanks – Obrigado/a  (oh bree gah doo/dah)
what is that? – Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
where is… – Onde Fica...  (ohn jee fee kah…)
yes / no – Sim/Não  (seehm/na-oo)
you are welcome – De Nada  (jee nah dah)

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 Portuguese. Luckily, most cultures are very understanding. All you need is to show that it was unintentional by saying "sorry" (Perdão) for the misunderstanding! So don't be afraid, have fun learning the new culture.

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Nathan Montgomery
Biography: Growing up in a family that was frequently on the move, styling myself the "little anthropologist" became my hobby at a very young age. Subsequent and extensive perusals of my father's collection of National Geographic magazines sealed my fate. After spending significant time in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and obtaining a BA focusing on old Iberian epics, I decided it was time to fill in the gaps on the other side of the world and moved to China. Four years and two languages later I received a fellowship for graduate research in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where I am currently.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA

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