Excuse me in Russian: How to say?

Jun 16, 2019 | How to say it in Russian?

Saying excuse me in Russian, as many other Russian phrases, depends on who you are talking to: whether it is one person or several, and whether it is a formal or informal situation.

There are two different verbs that mean to excuse in Russian, they are: извини́ть and прости́ть.

Both words are usually interchangeable, although прости́ть is a bit stronger and often used in the meaning to forgive.

Here are some possible versions of excuse me in Russian:

извини́те [eez-vee-née-tye] – formal or informal plural

прости́те [pras-tée-tye] – formal or informal plural

извини́ [eez-vee-née] – informal singular

прости́ [pras-tée] – informal singular

Sometimes you might want to be a bit more verbose and add please to your sentence. Please in Russian is пожа́луйста:

Пожа́луйста, извини́те, я не наро́чно.
[pa-zhá-lus-ta, eez-vee-née-tye, ya nye na-róch-na]
Excuse me please, I did not do it on purpose (formal).

Прости́те, пожа́луйста.
[pras-tée-tye, pa-zhá-lus-ta]
Excuse me please / Forgive me please (formal).

Listen to "Excuse me" in Russian

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Related Russian words


[eezveenéet'] Verb , perfective
to pardon, to excuse


[prastéet'] Verb , perfective
to forgive, to excuse, to pardon

Related examples

  • Прости́те, здесь не за́нято?

    prastéetee, zdyes' nye záneeta

    Excuse me, is this place taken (occupied)?

  • Извини́, что так получи́лось.

    eezveenée, chto tak paluchéelas'

    I'm sorry that it happened this way.

  • Извини́, что ты сказа́л?

    eezveenée, chto ty skazál

    I'm sorry, what did you say?

  • Извини́те, вы не подска́жете, где метро́?

    eezveenéetye, vy nye padskázheetye, gdye nahódeetsa meetró

    Excuse me, can you tell me where the subway is?

  • Извини́те, э́то ме́сто свобо́дно?

    eezveenéetee, éta myésta svabódna

    Excuse me, is this place free?

  • Извини́те, я не наро́чно.

    eezveenéetee, ya nee naróchna

    Sorry, I didn't mean to.

  • Извини́те, мы ра́ньше не встреча́лись?

    eezveenéetee, my rán'she nye vstryechálees'

    Excuse me, have we met before?

  • Прости́те, вы не подска́жете, у́лица Па́рковая в како́й стороне́?

    prastéetye, vy nye patskázheetye, úleetsa párkavaya f kakóî staranyé

    Excuse me, can you tell me which way is Parkovaya Street?

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