How To Say I’m Sorry in Spanish
There are a few ways one can say I’m sorry depending on the situation. Just as in most countries, certain phrases carry different meanings so it’s important to know how to say the correct form of sorry. A few of the more common phrases are:
Lo siento – This is the simplest way to say I’m sorry and can be used as an apology. Lo siento is widely used in most Spanish speaking countries and is used even in the most simplest ways such as bumping into someone.
Siento / Lamento – This sorry is used when giving condolences. More often at funerals or when someone loses a loved one.
Perdón – If you need someone to repeat something you can use Perdón meaning “I’m sorry, please repeat”. This is especially good to know as native Spaniards can often speak very quickly and even merge phrases as a form of slang. If you aren’t familiar with all the little tricks, learning how to say Perdon will usually help understand what they are saying the second time around.
Permítame – This phrase is used when you want to excuse yourself for a moment. This Spanish phrase is used more in formal and business settings.
Learning how to say I’m sorry in Spanish can be more useful than you think. Even as you learn how to pronounce certain phrases, it can be polite to offer a quick sorry which in turn will let the other party know to slow down and help you. Just trying to adapt to their culture is all anyone ever wants. Be sure to also check out other useful Spanish greetings and be ready for a good conversation in no time.