I'd like to be able to use "Pardon me" here, as well -- is that not also correct?
Yes, in Canada we use "Pardon me" as well as "Excuse me" ... We are the land of "Sorry", we know :)
Yeah, I use "pardon me" way more often than "excuse me" when trying to get someone's attention. It's less intrusive, in my opinion. I also use "pardon" when asking to pass by someone (if they are blocking the way). I feel it should be accepted here.
Because you're asking for directions to get to the subway, you want to get someone's attention, so "Forgive me" is not what is meant in Russian in this case.
In Australia "Subway" (capitalised) is a chain of fast-food restaurants originally from America. The walls of most restaurants are decorated with maps of American subway train lines. So, "Excuse me, where is the Subway?" probably means you're hungry!
Just wanted to note that "извините" can be used as an apology for something minor, but using it when you seriously wronged someone can be seen as a halfhearted apology.
Can any fluent russians please confirm the pronounciation of the robot please. Thanks.
[eez-vee-NEE-tye, gdye met-RO?] (Also the last letter in извините can sound more like "ee" than "ye")
this is probably not too relevant to this specific sentence, but why is "train" not accepted for "метро"?
I'd assume because the metro is where the trains are, rather than the trains themselves.
I thought извините was pardon me, as if in a formal way. And извини excuse me. Is that correct?
It's because in this case, you aren't apologizing-you are trying to get someone's attention politely. Both translations are correct, but the context makes the phrase fit only one way.
In English, you can say "Forgive me, where is the plaza" and it sounds fine, it's just much more formal. It looks like it's fixed now, though.
In translating this, I tried to say "the metro" and it marked it wrong for putting "the" so i had to put "Forgive me, where is Subway?" Please fix the bug Thanks!
I used 'tram' instead of 'subway'. Is it just me being a non-native English speaker or should tram not be accepted as well?
Trams are different than trains, trams are mostly in city areas and they travel along tracks on the road. They go shorter distances too