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EXCUSE-ME ! SORRY !

August 22, 2012

Here are some words/expressions meaning “Excuse-me” or “sorry” in French :

  • Pardon ! (Sorry !)
  • Désolé ! देज़ोले / Je suis désolé ! (m) / Je suis désolée ! (f) (I’m sorry !)
  • Excusez-moi (formal) ऐक्स्कुज़ेमूआ / Excuse-moi (informal) ऐक्स्कुज़्मूआ (Excuse-me !)

If you step on someone’s foot, you will say :

Pardon / Excusez-moi / Désolé / Je suis désolé(e) !

When you want to stop someone in the street to ask him/her some information, you can say :

Excusez-moi / Pardon / Pardon, excusez-moi  !

!!! In this situation, you can’t say : Désolé / Je suis désolé.

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For the pronunciation of “désolé”, you can listen to this song, titled “Désolé”, composed by the French rapper Kery James to commemorate the victims of 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Listen attentively, the word “désolé” is repeated many times :

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