How to Say Sorry in Spanish


If you’d like to say sorry in Spanish, use “lo siento.” However if your apology requires more heartfelt sentiments or an ordinary one then perdon should be used; for trivial apologies such as not holding the door open when someone is behind us we can opt disculpe instead of using “disculpas.”

As you continue your Spanish studies, the more natural words and expressions become. When it comes to saying sorry in a situation where one has done something wrong or made an error of any kind, many people rely on “lo siento” as their catch-all response; however, this can get tiring because there are other variants that work better depending upon who they’re directed towards–so use whichever best suits each individual need!

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How to say Sorry in Spanish

The list of basic words and phrases to get you started with your language journey is extensive. It includes things like “who,” “what,””when?” or even more so than those four items on the list above are important questions such as why? These basics will help build up conversations in Spanish by allowing for everyday speaking opportunities! Here’s our complete compilation:

  • = Yes
  • No = No
  • ¿Quién? = Who?
  • ¿Por qué? = Why?
  • ¿Qué? = What?
  • ¿Dónde? = Where?
  • Hola = Hello
  • Gracias = Thank you
  • Me gusta = I like
  • No me gusta = I don’t like
  • Por favor = Please
  • Lo siento = Sorry
  • Salud = Bless you
  • Adiós = Goodbye

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Here are some ways to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Spanish:

Sorry can be expressed in several ways, but the three most common ones are:


This is an easy way of asking for forgiveness. You can use “perdóname” if you bump into someone, need to quickly get something that belongs to somebody else, or interrupt their conversation without realizing it – think little mistakes we make but don’t really deserve being recognized in public because they’re not always serious accidents!


This is the most formal option. It’s generally used in workplace situations or asking permission, but not when you want to apologize for something – like if your friend from Mexico comes over and they say “discúlpame” instead of lo siento (I’m sorry). You should use “perdon” rather than “lo siento.”

“Lo siento” 

You might be thinking of the most common phrase for sorry: “lo siento.” This word can be used in informal situations and doesn’t carry any negative connotations like those associated with other words, such as perdon (used when you feel guilty) or arrepentido (a person who repents).

Mistakes made when speaking Spanish:

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Let’s give ourselves a little talking-to. As we practice Spanish and make mistakes along the way (more on this just below), you’ll soon understand how to express yourself in your new language more clearly with less difficulty than before! Don’t overthink things; try not to think at all if that works better for you, because when has breaking bad habits ever been easy?

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(Informal) Saying sorry

If you’re with friends or in an informal situation, then the appropriate word choice will depend on your relationship. For example lo siento is typically used when it’s not polite to reveal secrets (i e., “lo siento pero no puede contarte las intenciones del-la gente” – sorry but I can’t tell you why they acted that way). It might also apply if someone did something unintentionally and wants to apologize for their actions; however one should always consider how others perceive them before using this phrase!

Saying sorry (formally, such as at work)

Disculpe is the word you should use when speaking formally, like at work or to someone who may not know you well. For example, if that stranger on the street asking for directions in Spanish- don’t be shy – tell them! You can also say “discúlpame” (I need your pardon) as an explanation/ apology before starting off with how are doing now…

The formal way of talking about our lives izes all-important refrains: tengo permiso para hablarte (“I have permission”), te lo ruego por favor(“Please”).

The act of saying sorry (for a loss)

To offer your condolences and say sorry for the loss of someone, you can use lo siento or la lamento. However, using lalamenté is more appropriate in this situation because it comes from La* (lamento). It means “I’m regretful.” For example: I lose my friend – Lamentamos tu pérdida; You broke something important–Lámala arrepentido/a
-or-“You made me sad!”

Sorry to your spouse, husband, or other loved ones:

If you have done something wrong, it is best to use lo siento or perdón when saying sorry. You can either apologize by coming up with an excuse on your own through thinking negatively about what happened in order for them not feel hurt all over again from how I phrased this sentence before but if someone has just told me that they didn’t get promoted at work then all I would need to do now would be say “sorry” followed quickly after by “I’m really disappointed”.

So now you know how to say sorry, and the different situations that may arise where an apology is needed. Keep jumping into learning Spanish successfully! Little by little will help your language skills grow more comfortable with each passing day if this article was helpful for any reason including enjoyment from reading it then head on over our homepage at