How to say sorry in Spanish: lo siento

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How to say sorry in Spanish: lo siento

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

To say sorry in Spanish: lo siento
Say it out loud: “low see in toe

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

...the bathroom – el baño  (el bahn yo)
come with me – venga conmigo  (vayn gah cone me go)
do you speak english? – ¿habla inglés?  (ah blah een glāce?)
excuse me – perdón  (pear dōn)
good / bad – bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
how do you say…? – ¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
how much is this? – ¿cuánto?  (kwahn toe?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – puedo?  (pway doh)
maybe – tal vez  (tahl vays)
no problem – no problema  (no pro blame uh)
please – por favor  (pore fah vore)
sorry – lo siento  (low see in toe)
thank you – gracias  (grah see ahs)
what is that? – ¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
where is… – dónde está  (dōn day ess tah)
yes / no – sí / no  (see / no)
you are welcome – de nada  (day 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 Spanish. Luckily, most cultures are very understanding. All you need is to show that it was unintentional by saying "sorry" (lo siento) for the misunderstanding! So don't be afraid, have fun learning the new culture.

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