How to Say Sorry in Spanish

Sorry, is there more than one way

Do you ever have to say sorry?  How would you say sorry in Spanish?  You might have heard people use different words like lo siento, disculpe, or permiso. But which one of these words is right? In this video, we are taking a look at how to say sorry. We are going to go over when to use each of these sorry words lo siento, con permiso, permiso, disculpe, and perdon. We will also give some examples of how they are used and so you can see the type of situation you would use each word to say sorry.

So for starters all of these Spanish words lo siento, con permiso, permiso, disculpe, and perdon mean I’m sorry in English. The real difference is in what context and how strong the feeling is you are wanting to express.

Lo siento

We will start with lo siento. This is used to express regret or condolences. The word for word translation of lo siento would be I feel it but that does not make sense in English. Think of when you are telling someone I am sorry for your loss. In that context, you would use lo siento. You are using it to tell someone that you feel bad for something that has happened to them.

Perdon

Next up we have perdon. It is used for forgiveness, pardon me, sorry. Think of it as the act of forgiving or to apologise. You will use it when you say something that you did not mean or do something that you did not want to do.

Disculpa

Disculpe is next and has a feminine form as well in disculpa. This is used to say I’m sorry and excuse me. But you will use these before and after a situation. When you use it before a situation it will be used to interrupt or get someone’s attention similar to how you would use excuse me in English. When you use it after a situation it will be used to say I’m sorry. You can use disculpe and perdon interchangeably.

Permiso

Now for when you are making your way through a crowded area, you will use con permiso which means excuse me. You can also use permiso but con permiso is a little bit more formal.

Lastly, if you are talking with someone and don’t understand them don’t say que. That means what and could come off rude in that situation. Instead, you can use perdon or disculpe to sound more polite.

 

 

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