Apologising in German: Entshuldigung or Tut Mir Leid?
when do I use them?
- bluebellbkkLv 72 months ago
What Red Fox said, in a nutshell.
- AshleyLv 62 months ago
Use Entschuldigung when you accidentally bump into someone in the street, use tut mir leid when you accidentally bump into someone in the street and they get hit by a bus
- Red FoxLv 62 months ago
The difference (very briefly) is that "Entschuldigung!" is "Excuse me!" or "Apologies!" and "Es tut mir leid." is "I am sorry."
Entschuldigung is formal while Entschuldige is casual.
- Anonymous2 months ago
It depends on what you are apologising for, to be honest. Dein Verlust tut mir leid for example because you haven't caused the death in the car crash. Entschuldigung if you drove the car that caused the death...
Sort of personal and impersonal, I suppose.
My family shorten it to schuldi, everyone knows what we mean.