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Unlike English, in Pashto the same word is used to say both “Excuse me”, and “I am sorry. In this lesson we will teach you how to say “Excuse me”, and “I am sorry” in Pashto. In Pashto, we use the word Wabakhai to say “Excuse me”. For example when we want to get someone’s attention or ask them to move so we can get past them, we will say “Wabakhai”. Also, when we want to say “I am sorry” we still use the same word, Wabakhai. For example, if we bump into someone we will also say wabakhai .
In English, the phrase “I am sorry” is also used to show sympathy. For instance, we say “I am sorry” after someone tells us that they lost a friend or something bad happened to them. However, In Pashto you can never use the word to show sympathy or empathy. There is a totally different terminology used to show sympathy. Please watch the accompanying video for correct pronunciation and usage.
Wabakhai Excuse me / I am sorry وبخښئ
Afwa ghwaram I big your pardon عفوه غواړم
Khodai de wabakha it’s Ok (May God forgive you) .خدای دې وبخښه
Moshkil Nashta No Problem مشکل نشته
Ta malamat na ye. It is not your fault. . ته ملامت نه یې
Gona zama wa. It was my fault. . گناه زما وه
Heela kawom please forget about it. / don’t worry about it. هیله کوم