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Discover the French sentence "Je suis désolé"

We are going to teach you everything you want to know about the basic French phrase "Je suis désolé". To be more specific, it includes a complete explanation of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. And that's not all, we also added some useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, synonym, dialogue example and more!

Translation in English

  • Translation : I'm sorry

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How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / ʒə sɥi dezɔle /

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Je suis désolé meaning


It literally means:


"Je suis désolé" is the common way to express "I am sorry" in French.

How to use

There are many ways to express your apologies in French, which one to choose will depend on the context and how much you want to apologize. Let's break it into 4 scenarios:

1: Informal context and "normal" apologies, you can use:


2: Formal context and "normal" apologies, use:


3: Informal context and "big" apologies, use instead:


4: Formal context and "big" apologies, you can choose one of those:



Example in a dialogue


Attention ! Tu marches sur mes chaussures !

Be careful! You walk on my shoes!

Je suis désolé

I'm sorry

Pas de problème

No problem

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