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Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 8: Apologies in Mexican Spanish
In this lesson, we'll cover phrases used for apologizing. Since you haven’t quite mastered Spanish, it's probably a good idea to go over the phrases for apologizing, as they are likely to come in handy.
The most common form of apologising is disculpe, which is equivalent to the English “excuse me”.
Lets hear it again:
(slow) dis-cul-pe.
Disculpe.
Literally disculpar is a verb that means “un-guilt".
If you know the person, and you want to sound more friendly, you just have to change the verb a little. It will become:
Disculpa.
(slow) Dis-cul-pa.
Disculpa.
One of the most common ways of saying “What did you say?” in Spanish is ¿Cómo dice?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿Có-mo di-ce?
Once more:
¿Cómo dice?
The first word cómo means “what”.
(slow) cómo
cómo
Then we have dice, which in English is the verb “to say” conjugated.
(slow) dice
dice
This expression can be used when you didn't get what the person just said to you, and you need them to repeat the answer.
If you need to excuse yourself while trying to get around in a crowded place, you can say Con permiso, which literally means “with (your) permission”. The translation would be “excuse me” too, but in this case the situation is different.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Con per-mi-so
Once more:
Con permiso
If you want to be very apologetic, or if you’re concerned you've just offended or hurt someone, you can say Perdón or Perdóneme, por favor. Literally, these phrases mean “Sorry” or “Forgive (me)” and “Forgive me, please”.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Per-dón.
Once more:
Perdón.
And the other phrase:
(slow) Per-dó-ne-me, por fa-vor.
Once more:
Perdóneme, por favor.
The first word, perdóneme, is a form of the verb perdonar which means “to forgive”. And the word includes the pronoun me, which means “me”
(slow) per-dó-ne-me
Perdóneme.
Por favor means "please"
(slow) por fa-vor.
Por favor.
Altogether, we have:
(slow) Per-dó-ne-me, por fa-vor.
Perdóneme, por favor.
If you are talking to someone you know, and you don't want to be that formal, you can say Perdóname, instead of Perdóneme.
(slow) Per-dó-na-me, por fa-vor.
Perdóname, por favor.
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
"Excuse me" (formal)
(3 sec) Disculpe.
(slow) Dis-cul-pe.
Disculpe.
"Excuse me" (informal)
(3 sec) Disculpa.
(slow) Dis-cul-pa.
Disculpa.
“What did you say?”
(3 sec) ¿Cómo dice?
(slow) ¿Có-mo di-ce?
¿Cómo dice?
“Excuse me. (in a crowded place)”
(3 sec) Con permiso.
(slow) Con per-mi-so.
Con permiso.
“Sorry.”
(3 sec) Perdón.
(slow) Per-dón.
Perdón.
“Forgive me, please” (formal)
(3 sec) Perdóneme, por favor.
(slow) Per-dó-ne-me, por fa-vor.
Perdóneme, por favor.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Let's practice some Mexican Spanish apologies here!

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Sunday at 08:14 AM
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Hola Agnes,


Gracias por tus comentarios.

Yes, you can also use "would" for the english translation.

"joven" is a casual way to call a waiter. If you want to be formal you can say "mozo", or "señor". :wink:


Saludos,

Carla

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Agnes
Wednesday at 06:23 PM
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Hello,


I have two questions to the "expansion" phrases:


¿Irías al cine conmigo? is translated as "Will you go to the movies with me?"


Should it not rather be "Would you..." ?



Disculpe joven, ¿nos toma la orden?

"Excuse me sir, will you take our order?"


Is "joven" a formal way of speaking to a waiter or is it very casual?

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Tuesday at 06:54 AM
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Hola Robert,


That´s right!

You can also use "perdón", "oye" (informal), "hola" (casual).


Suerte,

Carla

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Robert
Friday at 10:41 PM
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If we wanted to get someone's attention, does "disculpe" work as well?