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Today is …. Japanese Words for Today Vol.7!!
Last week, we introduced the words for How to ask him/her to go out or date!!
When you make a Japanese friend, these words will be very helpful for you!
If you do not have opportunities to make Japanese friends, we are planning to have more events so please join us!
Words for how to apologize in Japanese
In English, when you apologize, you say “sorry” or “apologies” however, in Japanese, there are at least 5 words to say sorry.
For today’s lesson, we will explain how to use those different ways of saying sorry in Japanese!
Obviously, there are formal ways and casual ways to say sorry so we will explain that too!
“ごめん”（Gomen）is one of the most casual and most frequently used words for saying sorry!
- ” I’m sorry, I’ll be late ”
- ごめん、おくれる（Gomen, Okureru)
In Japanese, we often skip the subject, so in this case
- I’m sorry = Gomen
- I’ll be late = Okureru
ごめんなさい (Gomen-nasai) and ごめんね (Gomenne)
You can also make ”ごめん” (Gomen) more formal by saying ”ごめんなさい” (Gomen-nasai) or more friendly with ”ごめんな” (Gomenna).
For example for “ごめんなさい” (Gomen-nasai):
- I am so sorry (I apologize)
ほんとうにmeans “really” or “so”, you put this word before you want to emphasize your feelings.
For example for ごめんな (Gomenna) :
- Oh, my bad, I’ll fix it.
- おー、ごめんな、すぐなおすわ (Oh-Gomenna Sugu-naosuwa)
すぐなおすわ (Sugu-naosuwa) means “I’ll fix it”, すぐ(Sugu) means “fast as I can” so here he is saying “I’ll fix it, as fast as I can”
More formal ways for saying sorry is “もうしわけございません” (Moushiwake-gozaimasen).
You use this word when you apologize to your professors or your boss at your work.
For example for “もうしわけございません” (Moushiwake-gozaimasen):
- I apologize for the inconvenience.
- ごめいわくをおかけしてもうしわけございません（Gomeiwaku-wo-Okakeshite Mousiwake-gozaimasen）
“ごめいわくをおかけして”（Gomeiwaku-wo-Okakeshite）means “the inconvenience”.
You don’t use this English sentence very often but in Japan, we say this word “もうしわけございません”（Moushiwake-Gozaimasen）all the time.
I think it is a cultural thing that Japanese people always apologize first and being polite.
So when you come to Japan or speak to Japanese people, you will hear these words a lot!
These are very helpful words and also important words for learning Japanese!
See you next time!
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