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Sorry in many languages

The usage of this word various from language to language and culture to culture. In the UK, for example, people say sorry a lot, even when someone else is at fault.

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Language Sorry
Afrikaans Jammer!
Albanian (Gheg) M'fal!
Albanian (Tosk) Më fal!
Aleut Amtal
Aklan Guinakasubo ko
Alsatian Es töt mir leid
Altay Јаманымды таштагар (Ĵamanımdı taštagar)
Amharic አዝናለሁ (azənallähw)- I am sorrowful
Arabic
(Egyptian)
m - (aasif) آسف!
f - (aasifa) آسف!
Arabic
(Lebanese)
Esef (m)
Esfe (f)
3afwan
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(āsif!) أسف
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(aasif) اسف
Aragonese Perdón
Sincusas
Armenian
(Eastern)
Ներողությո'ւն: (Nerogh.utyun)
Կներե'ք: (Knerek’)
Armenian
(Western)
Ներողութիւն (Neroghootyoon);
Կը ներես (Guh neres) inf
Կը ներէք: (Guh nerek) frm
Assamese ক্ষমা কৰিব
(khyôma kôribô) - frm
ক্ষমা কৰিবা
(khyôma kôriba) - inf
Asturian Perdón
Avar ТIасалъугьа! (Tʼasałuha)
Azerbaijani Bağışlayın
Məni bağışlayın
Üzr istəyirəm
Bashkir ғәфү үтенәм
(ğäfü ütyenäm)
Basque Barkatu
Bavarian Duad ma laid
Belarusian Прабачце (Prabačcie)
Выбачайце (Vybačajcie)
Bengali দুঃখিত (dukkhito)
মাফ করবেন (maf korben)
Bhojpuri माफ़ करीं (maaf karin)
Bikol Pasénsya na tabi
Bosnian Oprostite
Breton Eskuzit ac'hanon!
Digarez!
Bulgarian Съжалявам! (Sãžaljavam)
Catalan Perdó!
Em sap greu
Cebuano Ikasubo ko
Chabacano de Cavite Perdona me
Sorry
Chabacano de Zamboanga Perdona conmigo
Chamorro
(Guam dialect)
Dispensa yo'
Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
Dispensa yu
Chechen Бехк ма билла (Bexk ma billa)
Cherokee ᎤᏲ ᎠᏰᎶᏗ (Uyo ayelodi)
Chichewa Pepani
Chinese
(Cantonese)
對唔住 (deuim̀hjyuh)
Chinese
(Hakka)
失禮 (siit7li1)
歹勢 (dai-sii5)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
對不起 [对不起] (duìbùqǐ)
抱歉 (bàoqiàn)
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
对弗起 (dēi fé qì)
勿好意思 (vak hao yi si)
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
失禮 (sit-lé)
歹勢 (pháiⁿ-sì/phái-sè)
對不起 (tùi-put-khí)
Cimbrian S tüü-mar ante
Cornish Drog yw genev
Corsican Mi dispiace
Croatian Žao mi je
Oprostite
Cuyonon Patawad!
Patawadi ako!
Pasinsia!
Czech Pardon!
Promiň! (inf)
Odpusť mi to (inf)
Odpusťte mi to (frm)
Danish Undskyld!
Dutch Het spijt me!
Sorry!
Estonian Vabandust
Extremaduran Perdón! (frm)
Disculpi! (frm)
Dispensi! (frm)
Disculpa! (inf)
Dispensa! (frm)
Faroese Tað harmar meg
Orsaka
Fijian (Nī) vosota sara (general)
(Nī) vosoti au (general)
Tulou (when invading space)
Jilou (when invading space)
Finnish Anteeksi
French Désolé !
Je suis désolé !
Excusez-moi !
Je m'excuse !
Pardon !
Oh, pardon, excusez-moi !
Je vous demande pardon
Frisian (North) Fertrüt me!
Frisian (West) It spyt my; Pardon
Friulian Scuse!
Pardon!
Galician Síntoo!
Gascon Escusats-me
Georgian ბოდიში bodishi
ვწუხვარ (vts’ukhvar)
German Es tut mir leid!
Entschuldigung!
Ich bedaure!
Greek (Ancient) Συγγνώμην ἔχε (Syngnōmēn ékhe)
Greek (Modern) Συγνώμη! (Sygnómi)
Λυπάμαι! (Lypáme [lit. "I'm saddened"]) - more frm
Greenlandic Utoqqatsissutigaa
Patsit
Utoqqatserpunga
Gujarati મન્ને મફ કરો (manne maaf karo)
Haitian Creole Dezole!
Mwen regret sa!
Padon!
Hawaiian E kala mai iaʻu!
Hausa Sannu barka
Yi hak'uri
Hebrew (Slicha) סליחה!
Hiligaynon Pasensyaha lang ako
Hindi क्षमा कीजिए (kṣama kījiye) माफ़ कीजिये (māf kījiye)
Hmong (White) Thov txim
Hungarian Bocsánat!
Iban Minta ampun
Ampun
Icelandic Því miður
Fyrirgefðu
Mér þykir það leitt
Igbo Ndo
Gbághàrám
Iloko Agpakawanak
Pakawanennak
Dispensar
Indonesian Maafkan saya
Maaf
Inuktitut ᐄᑯᓗᒃ (Iikuluk)
ᐊᐃᑦᑖ (Aittaaq)
ᓂᑲᔪᖅ (Nakujuq)
Iñupiaq Pisaraluarnak
Pisanritchikpin
Pisaŋŋitkikpiñ
Tusaaŋŋisiqtuŋa
Irish (Gaelic) Gabh mo leithscéal!
Tá brón orm!
Italian Scusa! (inf)
Scusi! (frm)
Mi dispiace
Japanese ごめんなさい! (gomen nasai)
Javanese ꦚꦸꦮꦸꦤ꧀ꦥꦔꦥꦸꦤ꧀ꦠꦼꦤ꧀
(Nyuwun pangapunten) (Kromo Inggil)
ꦗꦭꦸꦏ꧀ꦔꦥꦸꦫ
(Jaluk ngapurạ) (Ngoko)
Jenesch Pikesch
Jèrriais J'ai r'gret
Kalmyk Би гемән сурҗанав (Bi gemän surjanav)
Бичә му сантн (Bichä mu santn)
Kannada ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ! (kshamisi)
Kazakh Кешіріңіз! (Keşiriñiz!)
Khmer សុំទោស (sŏm toŭs)
Khoekhoe (Nama) ǀÛba te.
Korean 미안합니다! (mianhamnida) - frm
죄송합니다 (joesonghamnida) - vfrm
미안(해) (mian(hae)) - inf
Kurdish (Kurmanji) Bibûre (bim bexşe)
Kurdish (Sorani) Bibûre
Kyrgyz Кечиресиз (Kechiresiz) - sg/frm (for attention)
Кечиресиң (Kechiresing) - sg/inf (for attention)
Кечириңиз (Kechiringiz) - sg/frm (begging pardon)
Ladino (Lo syento!) לו סיינטו!
Lao ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
Latin Ignosce mihi!
Latvian Piedodiet! (frm)
Piedo! (inf)
Atvainojiet! (frm)
Atvaino! (inf)
Lithuanian Atsiprašau!
Atleiskite!
Low Saxon Deit mi leed
Lozi Ni swalele
Luganda Nsonyiwa
Luxembourgish Pardon
Macedonian Жалам (Zhalam)
Жал ми е (Zhal mi e)
Извинете (Izvinete) - frm
Извини (Izvini) - inf
Magahi माफ करा /maːpʰ kəraː/
Maithili Maf karai
Malagasy Azafady
Malay Ma'af
Minta maaf (asking for forgiveness)
Tolong maafkan saya ('please forgive me')
Malayalam ക്ഷമിക്കണം (kshamikkaṇam)
Maldivian (Ma'aaf kurey) މަޢާފް ކުރޭ
Maltese Skużani!
Jiddispjaċini!
Ahfirli!
Manx (Gaelic) S'doogh lhiam!
S'treih lhiam!
S'olk lhiam!
Gow my leshtal!
Māori Arohaina mai
Mō Taku Hē
Marathi माफ करा (māf karā)
Marshallese Jo̧lo̧k bōd
Jo̧lo̧k aō bōd
Mauritian Creole Sori
Monégasque Desulau
Mongolian Уучлаарай (Uuchlaarai)
Nahuatl Ma xinechtlapohpolhui
Navajo No equivalent in Navajo
Nogai Кеширинъиз
Афуьв этинъиз
Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe) Uxolo
Ndebele (Southern) Ngiyaxolisa (I am sorry)
Nepali माफ गनुस्
(maapha ganus)
Newari / Nepal Bhasa छ्यमा यानादिसँ
Northern Sámi Ándagassii
Northern Sotho Ntshwarele
Norwegian Unnskyld, Beklager
Occitan Perdon!
Desencusa!
Desencusatz!
Okinawan 悪さいびーん (wassaibiin)
Papiamento Sori
Pashto (zeh mutaasif yum) زه هتاسف يم
Persian (Farsi) (moteassefam) متاسفم!
Picard Pardon
Échtchusez-mi
Polish Przepraszam!
Portuguese Desculpe! (frm)
Desculpa! (inf)
Portuguese (Brazilian) Me desculpe! (frm)
Desculpa!
Desculpe-me!
Lamento!
Sinto muito!
Sinto mutíssimo! (I'm so sorry!)
Desculpe-me
Desculpe
Perdoe-me
Perdão
Mil perdões (I'm sorry! Forgive me)
Punjabi ਖਿਮਾ/ਮਾਫ਼ ਕਰੋ ਜੀ। / معاف کرو جی۔ (kimā/māf karō jī)
Quechua Pampachaykuway
Romanian Pardon!
Romansh I ma displacha
Russian Простите! (Prostite!) - frm
Прости! (Prosti!) - inf
Rusyn Прошу (Prošu) - request
Будьте добрі (Bud'te dobri) - frm
inviting someone to do something
Будь добрі (Bud' dobri) - inf
inviting someone to do something
Sakha Бырастыы гыныҥ (bɯrastɯɯ gɯnɯŋ) - frm
Бырастыы гын (bɯrastɯɯ gɯn) - inf
Samoan Fa'amalie atu
Sanskrit कृपया क्षम्यताम् (kripayā kshamyatām)
Sardinian
(Logudorese)
Mi dispiaghet (meda)
Scottish Gaelic Gabh mo leisgeul!
Tha mi duilich!
Scots Sorry
Serbian Жао ми је (Žao mi je)
Опростите (Oprostite)
Sesotho Ntshwarele
Shona Ndineurombo
Sicilian M’â scusari
Mi scusassi
M’av’a scusari (frm)
Scusàtimi (pl)
M’avit’a scusari (pl)
Sinhala මට සමාවෙන්න (mata samāvenna)
කණගාටුයි (kan'agāṭuuyi)
Slovak Pardón!
Slovenian Oprostite (frm)
Oprosti (inf)
Somali Waan ka xumahay
Sorbian (Lower) To jo mě luto
Sorbian (Upper) Wodajće prošu (frm)
Prošu wodajće (frm)
Wodaj (inf)
Southern Sámi Mannem åånedem
Spanish ¡Perdón!
¡Perdone!
¡Lo siento!
Sundanese Hapunten
Hatur nuhun
Swahili Samahani
Swazi Ngiyacolisa
Ncesi
Swedish Förlåt!
Swiss German Es duet mr leid
Tagalog Patawad!
Tajik Мебахшед (Mebaxšed)
Tamil (formal) என்னை மன்னிக்க வேண்டும்
(ennai manniththu vidungal) [ml] [fm]
Tamil (informal) என்ன மன்னிச்சிடுங்க
(enna maniichudunga) [fm]
Tatar Ğafu ütínem
Telugu మా క్షమాపణలు (maa kshamaapanalu)
Tetum Deskulpa!
Thai ขอโทษ (kŏr tôht)
Tibetan ཀོང་དགས་། (gong-da)
Tigrinya ይቅሬታ! (Yiqreta!)
Tok Pisin Mi sori
Mi sori tumas
Tongan Fakamolemole
Tsonga Ndzi kombela ku khomeriwa
Tsotsil Perton
Tswana Ke kopa tshwarelo
Tumbuka Phepani
Phepani chomene (very sorry)
Turkish Pardon (inf)
Özür dilerim (frm)
Tuvaluan Fakamolemole, au kō 'sē!
Ukrainian Вибачте! (Vybačte)
Urdu (maf karna) معاف کرنا
Uyghur كەچۈرۈڭ!
(Kächürüng!)
Uzbek Afu eting
Venda Ndi khou humbela pfarelo
Venetian El me scuxa
Scuxéme (pl)
Vietnamese Xin lỗi
Võro Andis
Walloon Pârdon
Welsh Mae'n ddrwg 'da fi (SW)
Mae'n ddrwg gen i (NW)
Sori
Wolof Baal ma
Yiddish (Zay moykhl!) זײַ מוחל!
Xhosa Ndicela uxolo
Yoruba Pẹlẹ
Yucatec Maya Ma'taali'teeni'
Zazaki Qusır de seyr meke
Zulu Ngiyaxolisa
Auxiliary and constructed languages
Esperanto Mi bedaŭras!
Interlingua Pardono!
Lojban .u'u
Volapük Pidob