"Yes, I am sorry!"
Is there a cognate word to ursäkta in English (or Middle English or Old English?) A lot of the words in Swedish I can remember because they're similar to old fashioned or dialectical words (barn like Scots bairn, mycket like Middle English mickel) but ursäkta isn't lining up to anything in my memory.
I see ursäkta sort of like "pardon" or "pardon me" which is not the most common phrase these days in the US, but this would also have multiple uses surrounding "excuse me" or "sorry". For example, if you bump into someone or need to ask them a question, you could theoretically say "pardon me". Though people would probably look at you funny :)
You use variants of ursäkta and förlåt for making an excuse or being sorry. And you use snälla for asking, as in "could I please get..." - but it's a bit more complicated than that, since using snälla in the wrong place can sound like you're begging rather than asking.
I just googled it and went onto this Swedish dictionary; https://en.bab.la/dictionary/swedish-english/ursekta Yeah it says it doesnt exist ;-;
It works if you use the correct spelling. :)