Perdón – As in any language, it’s polite to excuse oneself in several situations. Whether it’s to ask a question, offer a courteous apology, or leave a room, knowing how to excuse yourself can come in handy. In Spanish speaking countries you will hear people saying Perdóneme in group settings when they need to go the bathroom. You may even hear it if one sneezes. Although this phrases isn’t one you necessarily need to learn when going to Spain, it’s a good one to know just in case.
One other term meaning excuse me in Spanish is: Discúlpeme
Examples of saying Excuse Me in Spanish
1. excuse me sir – Discúlpeme señor
2. excuse me please – Discúlpame, por favor
3. Will you excuse me. I have to go the bathroom – ¿Me disculpas? Tengo que ir al baño
4. excuse my english – disculpa mi inglés
5. please excuse the late reply – por favor disculpe la respuesta tardía
6. Excuse me. Can you please come here – Perdóneme. ¿Puedes venir aquí?
7. I’m sorry for being late. – Perdón por llegar tarde
8. Please forgive me for my mistake. – Perdóneme por mi error
9. Forgive me, I didn’t mean it that way. – Perdonenme no lo dije con esa intención
10. My apologies for not understanding earlier. – Mis disculpas por no entender antes
11. Excuse me, may I please borrow your pen? – Disculpe ¿puedo tomar prestado tu lapicero?
12. Sorry to interrupt you while you were talking. – Lo siento interrumpirte mientras hablabas
13. Pardon me, can you say that again? – Discúlpame ¿Puedes decirlo de nuevo?
14. Apologies for the inconvenience caused by our delay in delivery of goods. – Pedimos disculpas por el inconveniente causado con la demora en la entrega de los bienes
15. I apologize if I offended anyone with my words or actions yesterday evening. – Lamento si he ofendido a alguien con mis palabras o acciones anoche
16. Forgive me if I hurt your feelings unintentionally. – Perdonenme si herí sus sentimientos sin querer
Situations on when to say Excuse Me
There are a variety of ways to say “Excuse Me” in Spanish and depending on the context, some expressions may be more appropriate than others. Here are some common phrases for saying “Excuse Me” in Spanish:
1. Perdón – This is probably one of the most popular and widely used expressions for asking someone to excuse you or pardon you. It can also be used as an apology when bumping into someone or making a mistake.
2. Disculpe – Another way to politely ask someone to excuse you is by using the phrase “Disculpe” which translates directly as “excuse me” but also has connotations of politeness and respectfulness.
3. ¿Permiso? – This expression literally means ‘permission’ but it is often used as a polite way of asking somebody if they would mind allowing you through or past them in order to get somewhere else, such as down a hallway or aisle where there isn’t enough space for both people at once.
4 Con permiso – This phrase works similarly to the above example, but with added emphasis on politeness and respect due its longer wording meaning “with permission”. It’s commonly used when entering rooms/areas where other people might be present that need not move out of your way immediately upon hearing this phrase; instead they will have time (and opportunity) to politely acknowledge your request before granting it.
5 Lo siento – While this expression does not translate directly into English as “excuse me”, it is still often used by native Spanish speakers when apologizing after doing something wrong or inappropriate, like bumping into someone while walking around town or accidentally spilling something onto another person’s clothing at dinner etc.
6 Cuidado – Similarily, cuidado can be translated loosely as “watch out” and serves two primary purposes: firstly , warning people nearby about potential dangers like spills on the floor ; secondly , requesting that those nearby make room so that you can pass through without causing any issues.
7 ¡Cuidado!– The word ‘cuidado’ alone carries much less weight than its full form ‘¡Cuidado!’ which adds a sense of urgency and importance behind your request for caution/space from those near by who could potentially cause harm if not careful.
Be sure to check out our other Spanish Greetings before traveling.