How to say sorry in Turkish: özür dilerim

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How to say sorry in Turkish: özür dilerim

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

To say sorry in Turkish: özür dilerim
Say it out loud: “oh zoo dih leer im

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

...the bathroom – tuvalet  (too' vah let)
come with me – benimle gel  (beh nim lay all)
do you speak english? – İngilizce konuşmak?  (een guh liz ya ko nush muk?)
excuse me – afedersiniz  (ah feh dar sinz)
excuse me (to get past) – lütfen  (loot fahn)
good / bad – iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
how do you say…? – nasil denilir?  (nah seal din uh leer?)
how much is this? – ne kadar?  (nay kah dar?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – buyurun  (booh ya rahn)
maybe – belki  (bell kee)
no problem – önemli değil  (oh nahm lee dil)
sorry – özür dilerim  (oh zoo dih leer im)
thank you – teşekkür ederim  (teh shake kur' dur im)
thanks – sağol  (sahl)
what is that? – bu ne?  (boo nay?)
where is… – nerede  (neh' reh day)
yes / no – evet / hayir  (eh vet / hi year)
you are welcome – bir şey değil  (bee shay deal)

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

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