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Introduction
Becky: Welcome to ItalianPod101.com. This is 3-Minute Italian Season 1, Lesson 5 - Making Apologies. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to apologize and say that you didn't do it on purpose, or that you are sorry in Italian.
Body
Becky: Here's the informal way to say 'Excuse me.' in Italian.
Ofelia: [Normal] Scusami.
Becky: This expression has only one word and it means 'you excuse me'
Ofelia: [Normal] scusami [Slow] scusami
Becky: Listen again to the informal word meaning 'Excuse me.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Scusami. [Normal] Scusami.
Becky: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'Excuse me.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Mi scusi.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'me'
Ofelia: [Normal] mi [Slow] mi
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you excuse me (polite)'
Ofelia: [Normal] scusi [Slow] scusi
Becky: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Excuse me.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Mi scusi. [Normal] Mi scusi.
Becky: Next up is the way to say 'I didn't mean it.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Non volevo.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'not'
Ofelia: [Normal] non [Slow] non
Becky: Last is a word that means 'I wanted'
Ofelia: [Normal] volevo [Slow] volevo
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I didn't mean it.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Non volevo. [Normal] Non volevo.
Becky: Finally, here is a way to say 'I'm sorry.'
Ofelia: [Normal] Mi dispiace.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'me'
Ofelia: [Normal] mi [Slow] mi
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'it upsets'
Ofelia: [Normal] dispiace [Slow] dispiace
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I'm sorry.'
Ofelia: [Slow] Mi dispiace. [Normal] Mi dispiace.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ofelia: Please remember that in Italy if you accidentally bump into someone, we don’t say “I am sorry,” ‘mi dispiace’; instead we say ‘scusi’, excuse me.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Ofelia: Ciao!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Let's practice in the comments!

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Thursday at 01:26 AM
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Hi Zia,

thanks for your comment!


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Zia
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Superb site for learning italian language

Thank u soo much .

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Ciao Shafiq,


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Shafiq
Tuesday at 07:54 PM
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Thanks you very much

Wayne
Tuesday at 10:51 PM
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Buongiorno Ofelia!


Come stai oggi?

Mi chiamo wayne

Sto molto bene!


Grazie

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Tuesday at 09:16 AM
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Buongiorno Antonio,


Benissimo! Le tue frasi sono molto chiare! Very well, your sentences are very clear!

Here are some small corrections:

Sono felice per imparare... => Sono felice DI imparare...

...si ho fato errore => se ho FATTO ERRORI


Keep up the good work!

Ofelia

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Antonio
Thursday at 12:32 AM
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Hello All,

Io sono felice per imparere l'italiano, sono brasiliano però la mia famiglia è d'Italia.

Va bene cosi?


Mi dispiace si ho fato errore..


Grazie!

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Friday at 03:48 PM
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Hi Patricia,


That is correct!

In this series, the casual form is usually introduced first.

Feel free to let us know if you have questions.


Thank you,

Grazie,


Ofelia

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Patricia
Friday at 10:50 AM
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Ciao

Am I correct in assuming that the order of formality to say excuse me is

-Mi scusi

- Scusi

and finally Scusami just among friends.

Grazie.