The French word "Excusez-moi" explained

On this page, we are going to explain you all the things you have to know about the basic French word “Excusez-moi”.

This include a complete definition of what it is and how to use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. And because learning a new language is a big deal, we also sprinkled super useful stuff like dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio, synonyms and more!

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French to English translation


Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Excusez-moi meaning


It literally means:

  • Excusez → Excuse
  • moi→ me


“Excusez-moi” is a common way to express “Excuse me” in French. It’s useful to express apologies in formal contexts or when talking to a stranger.

How to use it

Just like in English, “excusez-moi” (excuse me) is typically used when talking to a stranger in the street, few examples:

  1. Excusez-moi Monsieur → Excuse me sir
  2. Excusez-moi, pouvez-vous me donner l’heure s’il vous plaît ? → Excuse me, can you please tell me the time?
  3. Excusez-moi de vous déranger… → Sorry to bother you…
  4. etc.

But it can also be used to apologize in every other informal situation, to express “I am sory“:

  • Vous m’avez fait mal ! → You hurt me!
  • Excusez-moi, je ne l’ai pas fait exprès → I am sorry, I didn’t do it on purpose

Finally, when you need to express apologies in informal contexts, you can use instead: “Excuse-moi” (Excuse-me), “Désolé” (Sorry) or “Pardon” (Pardon).


  • Excuse-moi → Excuse me
  • Je m’excuse → I apologize
  • Désolé → Sorry
  • Pardon → Sorry
  • Toutes mes excuses → All my excuses/apologies (Formal)

Everyday life dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” Attention ! Vous marchez sur mes chaussures ! “
” Be careful! You walk on my shoes! “
” Excusez-moi “
” Excuse me “
” Pas de problème “
” No problem “
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