While exploring the beautiful sights in Lithuania, there will be times that you'll accidentally bump into someone or interrupt them to ask for directions and other things. This is when saying sorry in Lithuanian language is important to learn. Saying Sorry in Lithuanian (Atsiprašau) is one of the basic words and phrases you'll need to learn before going on a trip to Lithuania.
If you have offended someone or caused inconvenience to someone accidentally, the polite thing to do is to say sorry no matter how small it is. Of course, you can always do that in English since most locals also speak English, but wouldn't it be more excellent and more sincere if you do it using their native language? So, in this blog, you will learn different ways to say Sorry in Lithuanian. Would you please read and understand every words and phrase to use them accurately and effectively?
No matter where you came from and no matter what language you are using, it is always polite to show humility when you're in a foreign country. This is an essential aspect of communication that will prevent misunderstandings. So, here's a list of different ways to say Sorry in Lithuanian with their English translations. Learn them and use them in your everyday conversations.
This is the common and most probably the easiest way to say Sorry in Lithuanian. You can use it in most situations, like when you accidentally bumped in into a stranger, stepped into someone's foot in public transport, and other honest mistakes. This word is perfect for beginner language learners because it's easy to remember and pronounce.
When you say sorry, you'll also ask for forgiveness. To do that, you can say "Prašau Atleisk Man," which means "Please Forgive Me." But don't expect that you'll be forgiven right away because forgiving takes time and healing.
Admitting your own mistake is hard for some people. It takes courage (drąsos) and humility (nuolankumas) to even think that what you did is wrong and it's your fault. To say that in Lithuanian, you can say "Mano kaltė." But, this phrase is informal and is only used for relatively minor mistakes. As stated above, a mistake is still a mistake, no matter how minor it is. It wouldn't hurt you to humble yourself and apologize.
Now that we have learned the standard and informal way to say Sorry in Lithuanian, let's move on to a formal way. The Lithuanian phrase "Norėčiau atsiprašyti. " when you translate it into English, means, "I would like to apologize. Now that we're talking about an apology (atsiprašymas), let us know the difference between an apology and a sorry.
An apology is a formal admission of wrongdoing, like when you're late at work or forgot to submit a report. It may not be heartfelt, unlike the word sorry. However, when someone says, "I am sorry,' it feels truer and remorseful.
If you are traveling and want to ask for directions (nurodymai) to find a place you're looking for, you might ask for help from the locals. To get their attention politely, you can say "Atleisk, Kad Kiščiausi." which means "Forgive me for interfering."
But how if you did not hear it clearly? With this, you can say, "Prašom pakartoti!". The translation of this phrase in English is "I Beg Your Pardon." This is a way to ask people to repeat what they have said politely.
You can use many phrases to admit your mistake, and this one is one of the sincere ways to do that. Acknowledging that you're wrong is already a huge thing to do but, taking full responsibility for wrongdoing is a different level. For example, if you want to say it in Lithuanian, you can use the phrase "Aš Prisiimu Visą Atsakomybę." Although this is mostly used in professional or business situations, it's still a useful word to add to your vocabulary.
If you did something wrong, you'd probably expect that they will get mad at you. But, if you feel that you have your reasons why you made that mistake, you may explain yourself and say this phrase. But, don't expect that you'll always get a positive result and use this for people close to you to understand your reasons.
You can also back it up with the phrase "Tai Nebepasikartos," which means "It Will Not Happen Again," to indicate your sincerity to fix what you did wrong. Remember, a changed behavior is also a manifestation of a sincere apology.
You already know how to say Sorry in Lithuanian. But, what if someone said it to you? How will you respond? Here are some examples that you can use. Try learning these Lithuanian words and phrases.
|Tai gerai.||That's ok.|
|Jokiu problem.||No problem.|
|Nesijaudink dėl to.||Don’t worry about it.|
|Vertinu jūsų atsiprašymą.||I appreciate your apology.|
|Aš tau atleidžiu.||I forgive you.|
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