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In this lesson, we'll cover phrases used for apologizing. Since you haven’t quite mastered Persian, it's probably a good idea to go over the phrases for apologizing, as they’ll likely come in handy.
We’ll start with “Excuse me” or “Pardon me,” which in Persian is Bebakhshid
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Be – bakh - shid.
Once more:
This expression can be used to apologize for accidentally pushing someone on the tram, but it can also precede a question you ask a stranger, much like “Excuse me." Use this when you are trying to work your way through a crowd—at the subway station, for instance—when you are trying to get someone’s attention in a store, or when asking for directions.
If you want to be even more apologetic, or if you’ve done something worse than just bumping into someone, you can say “I am sorry”:
Ozr mikham.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Ozr mi - kham.
Once more:
Ozr mikham.
The first word, ozr, means “apology.”
(slow) ozr
The second word, mikham, means “I request".
(slow) mikham
Altogether, we have
(slow) Ozr mi - kham.
Ozr mikham.
To sum this section up:
Use Bebakhshid when you’ve done minor damage to someone, or want to get someone’s attention.
Use Ozr Mikham when the damage is more significant.
If someone says one of these to you, you’ll want to respond with “No problem” or “It doesn't matter.” The proper response is
Masalei nist.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) mas – a – le – i nist.
Once more:
Masalei nist.
Masalei is a variation of the word masale, which means “problem.”
(slow) Mas – a - lei
Nist means “not” or “there is no.”
(slow) nist
All together, that’s
(slow) Masalei nist
Masalei nist