Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Hi everybody! I’m Laura.
Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
In the last lesson, we learned the phrase Entschuldigen Sie, sprechen Sie Englisch? "Excuse me, do you speak English?" We mentioned the word Entschuldigen Sie, which means "excuse me" in formal German.
In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use Entschuldigen Sie and other words when apologizing in German.
We should use Entschuldigen Sie in formal situations, such as when we are ordering something in bars or restaurants. For example:
Entschuldigen Sie, einen Kaffee bitte. "Excuse me, a coffee please."
We can also use it when asking a question:
Entschuldigen Sie, wo ist der Ausgang? "Excuse me, where is the exit, please?"
Sometimes we also hear people say bitte, which means the same thing when you want to draw somebody's attention. We always use this phrase in formal speech.
[slowly] Bitte.
The informal way to say "excuse me" is Entschuldige
[slowly] Entschuldige.
Just like Entschuldigen Sie, we can use Entschuldige when asking a question, or when apologizing.
We can also use the word Entschuldigung if You are not sure whether to use the formal or informal way.
All of these phrases can be used for either “excuse me” or “I’m sorry.” But if you really want to apologize for something, it might be better to use a different phrase.
That phrase is Es tut mir leid. It means “I am sorry.” and can be used in both formal and informal situations.
[slowly] Es tut mir leid.
First we have Es, or “It”. Next, we insert the German word for “to do” tun. When this is conjugated for es in German, it is tut. Mir is the dative form of the reflexive verb tun. In this case it’s oneself, so You use mir. If it was You, one would say Dir.
Finally we have leid, literally meaning "sorrow."
Es tut mir leid.
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
Please remember that in Germany if you 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.
Are you are able to count in German? In the next lesson we will learn the numbers in German from one to ten!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Deutsch in 3 Minuten” lesson.
Bis bald zur nächsten Lektion!!

42 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 06:30 PM
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 08:54 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Min Wang,


Thank you for your feedback.


If you take the example above again:

"Entschuldigen Sie, wo ist der Ausgang?"

"Excuse me, where is the exit, please?"

What Laura is saying is that you can add the "bitte" just as you do in the

English translation:

"Entschuldigen Sie bitte, wo ist der Ausgang?" This way it is a little more formal

and people might react more readily to your request. 😉


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Min Wang
Sunday at 06:39 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Sometimes we also hear people say bitte, which means the same thing when you want to draw somebody's attention. We always use this phrase in formal speech.



Können Sie mir ein Beispiel geben?

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 09:59 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi Verenice,


Thank you for your feedback.


Yes, it can. 👍😉


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Verenice
Sunday at 02:13 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Est tut mir leid, it can be use in both formal and informal.

GermanPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 08:47 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hello Min Wang,


Thank you for posting.


You are making a good point. For effective learning

you should definitely focus on what is important to you. Drop what

you don't need. It will free up space for what is relevant to you. 👍


As for the speech recognition, it would probably depend on the software

you use. If it works, by all means, yes! 😉


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Min Wang
Wednesday at 07:41 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

question:

Can I skip writing questions or use speech recognition? I think some words I don't need to master the writing (e.g., Entschuldigen Sie)




notes:

Excuse me:(order food/accidentally bump into someone/ask questions)

formal:

Entschuldigen Sie./ Entschuldigung/ Bitte,...


informal:

Entschuldige./ Entschuldigung./ Bitte,...



I am sorry:

formal / informal:

Es tut mir leid.

GermanPod101.com Verified
Thursday at 09:52 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi Vladimir,


Thank you for your feedback.


I feel with you. Remembering the gender of nouns in German

is indeed a challenge. Impossible (?) I think, it is not. 😉

I will include the link to another lesson here that might be of help

to you, but ultimately I am afraid you will have to put in the work. Sorry. 😞


https://www.germanpod101.com/lesson/german-teachers-answer-your-questions-7-how-can-a-word-be-masculine-or-feminine-and-how-do-i-recognize-noun-gender/


Btw, if you are looking for a particular topic on our site, try the search function

at the top of the page (magnifying glass). Just enter a key word and a list of related

lessons will come up.👍


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Vladimir
Sunday at 04:17 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Danke schön.


I have a question regarding articles. How do we distinguish gender in German? It seems impossible and overwhelming to memorize nouns with articles simultaneously. Thank you in advance!

GermanPod101.com Verified
Friday at 09:36 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hi Migmok,


Thank you for your comment.


I am totally with you on this one! 😄

"Entschuldigen Sie, wo sind die Toiletten bitte?" or

"Entschuldigen Sie, wo finde ich die Toilette bitte?".


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards,

Reinhard

Team GermanPod101.com

Migmok
Wednesday at 10:13 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

What Do We Say If We're Asking Where Is The Toilet = ] 😅