Daily life: I am sorry I am late.

Basic sentence
Basic sentence

On this page, you can learn how to say sorry about what you did in Japanese.

Key Sentence

First box: English, Second box: Romaji, Last box: Japanese writing and audio

I am sorry I am late.
o ku re te su mi ma se n

One by one

  • おくれて → to be late
  • すみません → sorry


There are two words for sorry in Japanese, ごめんなさい and すみません. The casual sorry is ごめんなさい and the formal sorry is すみません.

Japanese bowing

It is natural to bow when you say sorry in Japanese.

How Japanese people bow
土下座 The photo below shows the man is doing 土下座(どげざ), which is used when people want to show the deepest appreci...

How to respond

To accept the apology

That is fine.
i i de su yo

To ask what happened

What happened?
do u shi ma shi ta ka


Task 1: Change into Japanese.

  • I am sorry I am late.

Task 2: Change into English.

  • おくれてすみません。
  • いいですよ。

Task 3: Listen to answer what you hear in English.