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Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute German Season 1, Lesson 5 - Making Apologies. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to apologise for yourself, and say that you didn't do it on purpose in German.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to say 'Excuse me’ or ‘I'm sorry' in German.
Albert: [Normal] Entschuldigen Sie
Eric: First is a word meaning 'to excuse'
Albert: [Normal] Entschuldigen [Slow] Entschuldigen
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'you’ (formal)
Albert: [Normal] Sie [Slow] Sie
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Excuse me. / I'm sorry'
Albert: [Slow] Entschuldigen Sie [ Normal] Entschuldigen Sie
Eric: Ok, now let's hear the informal way to say 'Excuse me. / I'm sorry'
Albert: [Normal] Entschuldige
Eric: This expression has only one word meaning 'Excuse me.'
Albert: [Normal] Entschuldige [Slow] Entschuldige
Eric: Listen again to the informal word meaning 'Excuse me.’ or ‘I'm sorry'
Albert: [Slow] Entschuldige [Normal] Entschuldige
Eric: Next up is the way to say 'I'm sorry.'
Albert: [Normal] Es tut mir leid.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'it'
Albert: [Normal] Es [Slow] Es
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to do'
Albert: [Normal] tut [Slow] tut
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'me'
Albert: [Normal] Mir [Slow] Mir
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'sorrow'
Albert: [Normal] leid [Slow] leid
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I'm sorry.'
Albert: [Slow] Es tut mir leid. [Normal] Es tut mir leid.
Eric: Finally is a way to say 'I apologize.'
Albert: [Normal] Ich entschuldige mich.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Albert: [Normal] Ich [Slow] Ich
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'apology,’ ‘excuse me,’ or ‘I’m sorry'
Albert: [Normal] entschuldige [Slow] entschuldige
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'me'
Albert: [Normal] mich [Slow] mich
Eric: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I apologize.'
Albert: [Slow] Ich entschuldige mich. [Normal] Ich entschuldige mich.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Albert: Please remember that in Germany if we accidentally bump into someone, we don’t say “I am sorry,” es tut mir leid; instead we say Entschuldigen Sie, Entschuldige or Entschuldigung for both cases.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Let's practice in the comments!

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Thursday at 07:42 AM
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Hi rc,


Thank you for pointing this out to us 👍, and sorry for the

inconvenience.


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rc
Tuesday at 06:54 AM
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...not "to apologise yourself" but "to apologise for yourself/behavior"....

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Hi Dragos,


You are perfectly right!👍 That shouldn't be written

with a capital E.


Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I will forward

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Hi Andre,


Mostly as an exclamation: "Entschuldigung!"

In case you are truly apologizing for something, you can then elaborate.

When used as an opening phrase, it can stand on its own.


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Andre
Wednesday at 11:32 PM
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How do we use "entschuldigung"?

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Thursday at 08:28 AM
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Hi Тарык,


Thank you for your contribution to the blog.

I guess there is nothing to apologize for then?😄

Please allow me to make a tiny little change to your sentence though:

Wie? Ich will mich (aber) nicht entschuldigen)


If you have any questions, please let us know.


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Reinhard

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Wednesday at 07:57 AM
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Hi Christine,


This is a good question!👍

I think other users might be asking themselves the same.


"Entschuldigen ..." is the imperative form of the verb.

"Entschuldigung" is first of all a noun: "Sie schulden mir eine Entschuldigung" translates

to "You owe me an apology". But you can use it as a word standing on its own to express

being sorry for something like in English "Apologies!" or "My apologies!"


Thank you.


If you have any further questions, please let us know.


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Тарык
Thursday at 09:00 AM
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Wie? Ich will nicht mich entschuldigen)

Christine Wallace
Monday at 01:55 AM
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Entschuldigen Sie, was ist der Unterschied zwischen entschuldigen und entschuldigung?

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Hello Olya,


Thank you very much for your comment ?

Das macht überhaupt nichts! (That is absolutely OK).


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Albert

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