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Infographic: How to Apologize in Japanese

These are phrases you need to know when you want to apologize or accept an apology in Japanese.

Infographic: how to apologize in Japanese

How to apologize in Japanese. Click on image to view full size.

I’m really sorry.
本当にごめんなさい./大変申し訳ございません.
hontou ni gomen nasai./taihen moushiwake gozaimasen.

It’s all my fault.
何もかもわたしのせいです.
nanimokamo watashi no sei desu.

I’m sorry for all the trouble.
ご迷惑をおかけして申し訳ありません.
gomeiwaku o okakeshite moushiwake arimasen.

I feel so guilty.
申し訳なくて心が痛いです.
moushiwake nakute kokoro ga itai desu.

I am sorry, very sorry.
すまない、とてもすまない.
sumanai, totemo sumanai.

I didn’t do it on purpose.
わざとやったんじゃないんです.
waza to yattan janain desu.


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Sorry. I got carried away.
すまなかった. どうかしてた.
sumanakatta. douka shiteta.

I am so sorry.
まことに申し訳なく…
makoto ni moushiwake naku.

I didn’t mean to do it.
そんなつもりじゃなかったんだ.
sonna tsumori janakattan da.

Sorry about that.
悪かったね.
warukatta ne.

Sorry I was a bit short with you earlier.
さっきは短気を起こして悪かったよ.
sakki wa tanki o okoshite warukatta yo.

Can you forgive me?
許してくれる?
yurushite kureru.

What can I do to make it up to you?
どうしたら許してくれる?
dou shitara yurushite kureru.

No need to apologize.
謝らなくてもいい.
ayamaranakute mo ii.

It doesn’t matter.
気にするな.
ki ni suru na.

No one can blame you.
誰もあなたを責めるわけにはいかない.
daremo anata o semeru wake ni wa ikanai.

Don’t apologize.
謝ることはない.
ayamaru koto wa nai.

It’s not your fault.
あなたのせいじゃない.
anata no sei janai.

Don’t blame yourself.
自分を責めるなよ.
jibun o semeru na yo.

I should be the one to apologize.
謝るのはこっちだよ.
ayamaru no wa kocchi da yo.

Anyone would have done the same.
仕方なかったんだよ.
shikata nakattan da yo.


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