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How to Apologize and Forgive in Chinese

In our daily life, we may usually do something wrong and need to say sorry to others. Do you know how to say sorry in Chinese? Here I will show you some common expressions to apologize to and forgive others.

1. Im Sorry in Chinese

When something unpleasant happened or you do something wrong, apology is a good way to resolve the contradict or conflict. Similar to English expression, there are more than one phrases that you can use to show your apology in Chinese language as well.

  • 对不起!请原谅我!

The first phrase to say sorry in Chinese is “duì bù qǐ, qǐnɡ yuán liànɡ wǒ”. It means “I’m sorry, please forgive me” in English. You can also just say duì bù qǐ in daily life. It means the same.

  • 很抱歉

When we make mistakes, we usually say “I’m so so sorry” to express our feeling. There is a similar expression in Mandarin language as well. It is “hěn bào qiàn”. It is more formal than “duì bù qǐ”.

  • 我错了

“wǒ cuò le ” is also an appropriate expression to apologize to a Chinese person. It tends to use when you make some mistakes and you want to confess.

  • 不好意思

The last common dui bu qi in chinese is “bù hǎo yì si”. It is a formal expression compared with dui bu qi.

Chinese Characters Pin Yin Meaning Pronunciation
对不起!请原谅我! duì bù qǐ, qǐnɡ yuán liànɡ wǒ I’m sorry, please forgive me
很抱歉 hěn bào qiàn I’m so sorry
我错了 wǒ cuò le It’s my mistake
不好意思 bù hǎo yì si I’m so sorry

2. Forgive One in Chinese

Once others say sorry to you, you’d better do something to show your kindness. That is how to forgiveness in Chinese culture.

  • 没关系

This pinyin of this Chinese phrase is “méi ɡuān xi”. It means “not at all”, “it doesn’t matter” in English.

  • 不用客气

Sometimes, we will also say “bú yònɡ kè qi” to show our forgiveness. Different from “méi ɡuān xi”, “bú yònɡ kè qi” will happened to respond to others’ gratitude. Hence, you need to learn to differentiate them.

  • 没事儿

This expression is just like “méi ɡuān xi”, but it is more casual.

Chinese Characters Pin Yin Meaning Pronunciation
没关系 méi ɡuān xi it doesn’t matter
不用客气 bú yònɡ kè qi Don’t mention it
没事儿 méi shì ér It’s OK

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